Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 7, 2014
MOTORISTS MAY ENCOUNTER ICY ROADS THIS MORNING
Know the conditions before traveling
LYNCHBURG-Wintry precipitation may create some icy conditions for motorists in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Lynchburg District throughout the early hours of the day today (Friday, March 7).
As of 4 a.m., snow or ice covers major portions of primary roads in Charlotte, Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties, while there are isolated spots of snow or ice on surfaces in Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell, and Prince Edward Counties.
Motorists are advised to use caution or to delay travel during the storm, if possible. If travel is necessary, VDOT offers the following winter driving tips:
- Know the conditions before you go! Check VDOT’s www.511virginia.org, call 511 and/or check local media.
- Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
- Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and allow extra time for travel.
- Be alert to the possibility of downed trees, limbs and other items.
- 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.
Motorists can report potholes and other road problems 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD).
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