Roads treacherous; avoiding driving encouraged

Published 11:30 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snowfall that continues to fall is creating dangerous driving conditions throughout Hampton Roads, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Motorists are advised to travel only if necessary and to use extreme caution when driving.

Crews are plowing snow as well as applying sand and salt to roadways overnight to give drivers traction and to melt snow and ice. Crews will continue these activities as long as conditions exist, according to the VDOT press release.

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The Suffolk Police and Fire/Rescue departments are urging people to stay off the roads for their own safety and the safety of the crews attempting to clear the roads, according to a press release from the city.

If travel is unavoidable, motorists should follow these winter driving tips:

  • Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
  • Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
  • Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
  • Keep headlights on to increase visibility.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
  • 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.
  • Drive smart and pay attention.

Motorists are encouraged to visit, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. Information is also available on Twitter @VaDOTHR.