Mike Salmon 703-383-2850

Jan. 5, 2009

VDOT crews mobilizing tonight

CHANTILLY, Va. - After rush hour this evening, the Virginia Department of Transportation will pre-treat roads across much of Northern Virginia in anticipation of icy precipitation forecasted for tonight and Tuesday. About 625 trucks will treat interstates and problem spots in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

With periods of rain, sleet and freezing rain expected over the next 36 hours, motorists are advised to use extreme caution and allow plenty of extra time. Travelers should also observe the following winter driving tips:

  • Keep an emergency driving kit in your car and wear your seatbelt.
  • Make sure your vehicle is winter ready.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as ramps and bridges.
  • 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.
  • Before heading out, call 511 or visit for the latest road conditions.

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