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Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
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LYN-44837

Jan. 31, 2010



ICY ROADS LIKELY
Motorists urged to delay travel

LYNCHBURG – While the snow has ended icy conditions remain across much of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and travel remains hazardous.  Roads are still snow covered and low temperatures overnight have created icy conditions.  Sunday temperatures will not likely result in any major thawing.

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. (Sunday)
• 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.

The Lynchburg District consists of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

 

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