Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 18, 2008
WHAT WILL MOTORISTS FACE TOMORROW?
Additional snow forecast for much of area
The wintry precipitation on Thursday resulted in icy conditions this morning (Friday); however, refreezing of melted precipitation is likely tonight. Depending upon the timing of and temperatures during tomorrow’s predicted snow, road temperatures could be extremely cold when it begins to fall and surfaces could become slick quickly.
If you must be on the roads during the storm, observe the following winter driving tips:
· Make sure your vehicle is winter ready and keep an emergency kit in your car.
· Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Wear your seatbelt.
· Slow down. Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
· Do not attempt to pass snowplows and stay at least 100 feet behind them.
· Be aware of potentially icy areas such as low areas near water, bridges and overpasses.
· 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.
· Don’t park along the street. Snow plow drivers can’t fully clear a road if cars are in their way.
· Know the conditions! Before heading out, call 511 for the latest weather and road condition information or visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.
For more information about Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov. Ready Virginia was created by state agencies to serve as a one-stop resource of emergency preparedness tips and information for Virginia citizens.
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