The Virginia State Police is advising all motorists to delay travel plans for tonight and/or Tuesday morning, as roads will be treacherous with the ongoing winter storm. With the forecasted freezing temperatures, any snow and ice accumulations are expected to stick around for a few days. So it is important to prepare your home, family, and vehicle in advance.
If you do have to travel, then please keep these tips in mind:
Make sure you and your car are properly equipped:
- Make sure your vehicle has ample antifreeze, the windshield is clean and you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
- Check to make sure the headlights are clean and in working order. In Virginia, state law requires you to use your headlights when operating your windshield wipers.
- Verify that the tires have tread and are properly inflated.
- Have your battery tested, to avoid being stranded in the cold with a car that won’t start.
- Equip your car with a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, warm clothes, bottled water, snacks, and a blanket.
- Remember to have sunglasses in the car, as the glare of the sun off of snow and ice can be more intense in the winter than it is in the summer.
Perhaps the most important of all: Remember your cell phone, so you can call #77 to reach State Police in case of emergency. Bring your phone charger, too!
Slow down and drive to save lives (#drivetosavelives). ALWAYS wear your seat belt, as this will minimize injuries in case you lose control on icy road conditions and slide off the highway.
Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and unnecessary lane changes. These maneuvers can cause your vehicle to lose traction and can launch you into an uncontrollable skid, leading to a collision.
Do not tailgate as you will need additional space between vehicles for safe stopping and maneuvering on slick roadways.
911 and #77 are for emergencies and NOT road conditions. Please call 511 or go towww.511virginia.org for road conditions and closures. 911 and #77 need to remain open for real emergencies.