Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Feb. 12, 2014
BE ALERT TO RAPIDLY CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:30 p.m.
LYNCHBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks motorists to be alert to the rapidly changing road conditions tonight and to avoid any unnecessary travel.
Snow moved into southern portions of VDOT’s Lynchburg District earlier today and heavy snow has continued to move to the north. Roads and other surfaces have quickly become snow covered and slick conditions are reported in many locations.
VDOT, once again, offers these winter driving tips:
- If you must travel, know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org or call 511
- Motorists can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
- Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
- Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
- Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Allow extra time for travel.
- When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
- Drive smart and pay attention.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends and begins clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes – primary and major secondary routes before moving to lower volume secondary routes and neighborhood streets.
The Lynchburg District consists of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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