NC drivers stock up on gas ahead of winter storm

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – You know a storm is coming to North Carolina when people flock to gas stations and begin stocking up on gas and other supplies.

Dozens of drivers hit the Costco on Six Forks Road for gas. Some drivers said it took about 30 minutes just to fill up their tank.

“Who knows what the weather is going to be like? Could be terrible. So, just thought I’d tank up just in case,” said Shawn Newby, lives in Raleigh.

“I grew up in the Buffalo area when you got paid you filled up your gas tank. Just for safety. You got stuck some place, stuck in the snow you could keep the motor going and you wouldn’t freeze to death,” said Patricia Washburn, driver.

Fortunately, the Triangle is not expecting anything like that. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state is prepared. NCDOT crews put down brine, a water-salt mixture, to help keep the snow and ice from sticking to the roads.

NCDOT said they have hundreds of trained employees and hundreds of trucks ready to go. NCDOT officials are encouraging drivers to stay home and not go out.

“I don’t like to take that chance at this point anymore. If you’re being told to stay off the road, definitely stay off the road,” said Nicole Kuhns, lives in Louisburg.

If you do venture out and start to feel unsafe or you get stuck, authorities say you should pull your car off the road. If a vehicle is in the road or blocking traffic, it will be towed. Either way, drivers should call their local police department.

But many drivers plan to take state officials advice and to stay off the road.

“Last year I actually got stuck at the bottom of a hill last year and I had to walk back home so I’m not going out,” said Omar Gonzalez, lives in Raleigh.

“I’ve been in situations where I’ve seen people getting stuck. If there’s no help around and the roads aren’t clean what else can people do. They have to leave their car and start walking,” said Agith Sivads, lives in Cary.

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