Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 2, 2014
VDOT PREPARES FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER
Motorists urged to avoid travel if possible and know the conditions before hitting the road
LYNCHBURG-Another round of winter weather has the Commonwealth of Virginia in its sites and the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Lynchburg District is preparing to face this foe.
VDOT crews have checked equipment and supplies to ensure that all is ready. Crews will be unable to use brine on major roadways ahead of the storm because the precipitation is expected to begin as rain before transitioning to freezing rain/sleet and then all snow.
Temperatures will drop rapidly with this storm and remain low, possibly hitting single digits in some areas, into Wednesday. Icy conditions are likely and travel may become dangerous at times.
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.
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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