Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 16, 2014
Motorists prepare once again for winter weather
VDOT crews ready to respond
LYNCHBURG-Motorists across the state have enjoyed sunshine and warmer temperatures over the last couple of days but are now monitoring winter weather forecasts. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is, once again, prepared to address any traffic issues that may occur as a result of falling precipitation.
Crews in VDOT’s Lynchburg District have checked their equipment and materials and are ready to respond as conditions warrant. Lynchburg crews will not be pre-treating any roadways because this storm is expected to begin as rain. However, beginning with major roadways, they will push snow once it has reached an appropriate level and will apply abrasives, as needed.
Motorists are advised to use caution or to delay travel during the storm, if possible. If travel is necessary, VDOT offers the following winter driving tips:
- Know the conditions before you go! Check VDOT’s www.511virginia.org, call 511 and/or check local media.
- Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
- Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and allow extra time for travel.
- Be alert to the possibility of downed trees, limbs and other items.
- 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.
The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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