Friday, January 29, 2010

City Advises Motorist of Safety Hazards as Winter Storm Approaches

Updated forecast from the National Weather Service at Wakefield, Virginia indicate that the city of Richmond can expect between 10 to 12 inches of snowfall through tonight and Saturday. As temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for the next several days, conditions may not allow some city streets to be completely cleared.

The city asks that residents remain inside and not travel on city streets if at all possible to avoid hazardous driving conditions. If it becomes absolutely necessary to travel under these conditions, then please consider the following suggestions:

  • If you do have to drive, drive cautiously and decrease speed;
  • Have a full tank of gas;
  • Completely clear snow and ice from your vehicle before driving;
  • Have a cell phone with a full charge with you;
  • Have cold weather items, such as coats and blankets in your vehicle;
  • Be cautious and aware of children playing in the snow;
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake;
  • Increase distance between you and the vehicle in front of you;
  • Remember overpasses freeze before surface roads and ice may form on the bridges;
  • Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills; and
  • If you begin to lose control of your vehicle take your foot off the gas and steer back on course.

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