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.