Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 20, 2009
VDOT ADVISES CAUTION DURING MORNING TRAVEL
Snow and freezing temperatures may create hazardous conditions
Currently, temperatures are below freezing and the snow and moisture in the air could cause patches of black ice to form, especially on bridges and overpasses as well as entrance and exit ramps, intersections and crossovers.
Motorists should be aware of current traffic and weather conditions if traveling. Before traveling, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for the latest conditions.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
- Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
- Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.
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