Virginia State Police Offer Winter Driving Tips

Virginia State Police Offer Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather has arrived in Virginia, and measurable snow fall has already hit the Commonwealth in 2017. The Virginia State Police are reminding all Virginians to drive appropriately in these conditions.

If residents have to drive through snow or freezing rain, VSP offers the following tips:

  • Use headlights. Increasing your visibility helps you avoid slick and dangerous spots on the road, as well as helps other drivers see you better.
  • Slow your speed. Though state police works closely with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to identify problem areas on Virginia’s highways during a snow storm, drivers still must drive for conditions. Slowing your speed gives you more time to safely react and avoid a crash. Drive  based on your ability to properly maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Don’t tailgate. You need increased stopping distance on slick road surfaces, especially at intersections. Give yourself more space between vehicles traveling ahead of you in order to avoid rear end collisions.
  • Buckle Up. Most crashes that occur during winter weather are caused by vehicles sliding into guardrails, off the road or other vehicles. Wearing a seat belt protects you and passengers from being thrown around inside the vehicle and suffering serious injury in a crash.
  • Check Your Vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order for the conditions. Fill up the tank in advance. Check windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, tire tread, battery life, etc. Make sure to clear all windows and mirrors of snow before heading out.
  • Go Prepared. Don’t leave home without a window scraper, blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger and flashlight.

For the latest in road conditions and updates, residents can call 511, go online to the VDOT Virginia Traffic Information or download the free 511 app, VSP Public Relations Director Corinne Geller said.