Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jan. 20, 2010
VDOT HAS 1,800 TRUCKS TREATING ROADS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
11:30 a.m. update: Motorists urged to delay travel while crews treat roads
CHANTILLY – With the forecast now calling for four to eight inches in Northern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation has added another 600 trucks to treat and plow roads, bringing the total to 1,800. VDOT urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel as many roads are snow-covered and slick.
If travel is essential drivers should check road conditions and weather forecasts before they leave; www.511Virginia.org has up-to-date statewide road conditions and traffic cameras.
VDOT crews will continue working around the clock to treat and plow interstates and other high volume roads. Plowing begins when two inches have accumulated.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
- Reduce speed and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include 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.
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