Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 3, 2014
ROADS WET AND WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED LATER
LYNCHBURG-(4:30 a.m.) Roads across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are merely wet this morning; however, sleet/freezing rain and snow are expected to fall before the latest round of winter weather moves out of the area.
VDOT crews are prepared to address this latest winter mess. Crews were unable to use brine on major roadways ahead of the storm because precipitation began as rain.
Motorists are advised to delay travel during the storm, 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.
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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