DOT prepares roads for snow; drivers urged to protect cars from cold

Posted December 6, 2018 9:40 p.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2018 4:54 a.m. EST

— With a high likelihood of snowfall in the Triangle this weekend, DOT crews began preparing roads for winter weather Thursday night.

A winter storm watch has already been issued for parts of the state, including Durham County, and there is a high probability the Triangle will see at least 1 inch of snow.

The forecast can change at any time, which is why more than a dozen DOT trucks were already on the road, spraying brine on major roadways.

“I don’t want to be caught not doing anything,” Wake County Maintenance Engineer Jason Dunigan said.

By Saturday, DOT officials said they could go through as many at 130,000 gallons of brine. When that is done, the trucks change over.

“We will take the tanks out and put the spreaders and plows on,” Dunigan said.

If the storm gets really bad, DOT officials can call on 40 contracted trucks to help out.

As crews work to keep roadways safe, auto experts also advise drivers to take steps to protect their cars from the cold weather.

Steve Sargent owns an auto care business in Cary and said one of the biggest problems he sees during cold weather is car batteries giving out.

“It happens a lot this time of year. We tow vehicles all the time with battery issues because they wake up in the morning and it won’t start,” he said.

Drivers should also check their coolant, washer fluid levels and tires and pack some snacks and other supplies in case a car gives out, leaving them stranded in the cold.

“Out of an abundance of caution, put some of these things in there. It will make you feel better,” Sargent said.