Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Snow... and What It Means for our Roadways and Driving

VDOT, the Virginia Department of Transportation has crews out already this afternoon in anticipation of the 2-6 inches of snow we're likely to get overnight.

Here are a few winter weather driving tips if you do have to go out this evening or early in the morning.
  • Keep your car's windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Leave a few minutes early.
  • Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Don't pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
  • Drive smart!
Meanwhile, VDOT has several winter related videos on the VDOT YouTube channel, including this one on how to park in preparing for a snow storm so that crews can quickly and safely clear Loudoun County roads.

More informaiton is online at VDOT. Get current road conditions and driving conditions.

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