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Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
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RICH-1205

Feb. 19, 2012



SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – With winter precipitation falling in the Richmond area and colder overnight temperatures forecasted, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) warns drivers of potentially icy road conditions tonight and early tomorrow.

Pavement temperatures are expected to hover around freezing after 8 p.m. in many areas. VDOT and contractor crews will apply sand and salt overnight to slick areas as needed, focusing on areas that typically freeze first – bridges, overpasses and ramps. The sand provides traction and salt helps to melt ice. However, drivers must reduce their speed in icy conditions, even when roads have been treated.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • 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 power lines.
  • 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.
  • If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.

For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information about VDOT’s snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.

For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube. Snow videos are posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC.

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