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VDOT, ERT prepare for Friday’s winter weather

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Jan 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-02 23:41:37-05

VDOT is advising drivers to use extreme caution Friday morning due to the potential for icy patches on roadways, bridges and overpasses.

This could be caused by low temperatures combined with potentially wet roads.

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VDOT crews say they will be monitoring conditions overnight. They will treat the roads if needed. They are advising drivers to slow down and keep a safe following distance.

Here are a few tips for drivers during the winter:
• 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.

Elizabeth River Tunnels is also preparing for possible icy conditions on Friday. They already have crews keeping the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels safe for motorists as well as the surrounding roadways.

They say staff will remain on standby Thursday afternoon and throughout the night.

Crews have already tested plows and spreader equipment and the maintenance team has already done several dry runs.

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