Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 22, 2014
LYNCHBURG DISTRICT: BLACK ICE/SNOW = SLOW GO
Motorists are urged to drive with extreme caution during morning commute
LYNCHBURG – (4:15 a.m..) Additional snowfall overnight resulted in possibly slick commute for motorists this morning and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging caution.
As of 4 a.m., most major roads in VDOT’s Lynchburg District have some ice/snow cover. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and to be especially careful on roadways, bridges and overpasses where icy patches may exist.
Crews applied sand and salt to roadways overnight to give drivers traction and to melt snow and ice in affected areas. Crews will continue to monitor and treat the roads as needed.
Motorists are advised to delay travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and follow these winter driving tips:
- Know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org, call 511 and/or check local media.
- 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.
The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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