Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 29, 2010
VDOT PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM
Motorists urged to avoid travel
LYNCHBURG — Snow has started to fall in southern portions of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and crews across the region are prepared to address conditions that may result from this winter storm.
VDOT crews applied anti-icing chemicals to major primary highways across the region. As snow begins to fall the brine solution prevents a bond from forming between the pavement and snow.
Once snow begins to accumulate, crews will begin plowing primary routes before moving to secondary and other roads. Emergency operations will continue through the storm.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Avoid unnecessary travel. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts. Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
- 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.
- Reduce speed and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car, including 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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