RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.
Watch Out for Deer This Season
Fall in North Carolina brings cooler weather, colorful tree lines, Daylight Saving Time and a safety hazard that is often overlooked.
As it gets darker earlier, it’s more difficult for drivers to see and there is an increased risk of vehicles colliding with deer. November typically records the highest number of animal-related crashes. Staying safe on the road takes more than just looking out for the deer.
“Make sure you are keeping up with the maintenance on your car. Things like your windshield wipers, headlights, brakes, tires. Those are all preventative maintenance. Measures that can aid in preventing an injury,” Eastern Wake County Engineer Ben Lowry said.
Here’s another safety tip most people don’t consider.
“Be aware of the route you are driving, take note of any deer crossing signs that are posted or any deer hot spot areas,” Lowry added. “Most importantly, if a deer crosses in front of your path while driving, don’t swerve, try to break and bring the vehicle to a stop.”
Daylight Saving Time This Weekend
This year Daylight Saving Time falls on Nov. 5. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. This change can present challenges for drivers as it gets darker sooner.
Safety is NCDOT’s top priority, so use the following to prepare for the change:
- Make sure your car lights, particularly the emergency flashers, are working.
- Keep an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists and children at the bus stop or walking home from school.
- Get plenty of sleep and be well rested to avoid driving tired.
Vote For NC
Please vote for NCDOT’s flood warning system in this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition.
The flood warning system is a finalist. Vote here and help NCDOT win $10,000 to be donated to the N.C. region of the American Red Cross for disaster relief.
For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.