A drenched N.C. 12 south of the Marc Basnight Bridge in Dare County has the state Department of Transportation warning travelers this weekend to drive carefully.
NCDOT officials said in a release that standing water is heaviest on N.C. 12 between Whalebone and Rodanthe.
The state recommends that motorists should drive at least 5 to 10 mph slower than the speed limit on wet pavement. A foot of water can cause vehicles to float and 2 feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles.
Other tips for driving on wet roads include the following:
- Stay alert and be ready for sudden stops. Allow at least twice the normal following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
- Signal for turns and brake earlier than usual as you near a turn or stop.
- Be patient and do not pass lines of traffic.
- Turn on your low-beam headlights and use your defroster to increase visibility.
NCDOT also urges people to pay attention to the latest information posted on its digital message boards along N.C. 12.
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.