Be safe in snow

Published 10:26 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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It won’t be the highest of snow totals, even for southeastern Virginia, but the snow storm expected to hit Thursday night could still cause issues.

The storm is forecast to bring three to four inches of snow, which unfortunately is enough to wreak havoc around here — even more so because it will hit during the evening rush hour.

Thus, we encourage everyone to be safe in the cold and snow by using some common sense and following these guidelines:

  • Don’t go out on the roads if you don’t have to.
  • As always, wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
  • Keep your car clear. Make sure all snow is gone and your car is defrosted before you pull out of your parking space.
  • Slow down and leave plenty of following distance. Give snowplows a wide berth and pack your patience.
  • Don’t be overconfident if the roadway looks clear. You can always hit a hazardous patch, especially when driving over a bridge or overpass, changing lanes or turning.
  • Carry a winter weather driving kit, including blanket, ice scraper, flares/reflective triangles, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, a bag of abrasive material such as cat litter, a shovel, a cloth or paper towels, a first aid kit, a bottle of water and a cell phone with a full charge.
  • Wear protective clothing when going outside, and make sure to check on elderly and disabled relatives and neighbors.

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