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Winter driving tips.

Clear all snow and ice from your car before driving.  Photo by Susan Larson.
Clear all snow and ice from your car before driving. Photo by Susan Larson.
Overnight snowfall has created hazardous conditions for morning commuters in the 14-county Fredericksburg District, the Virginia Department of Transportation reports.

VDOT Offers These Winter Driving Tips:  
  • If you must travel, know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org or call 511
  • Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, wiper blades and side mirrors before driving.
  • Keep an emergency driving kit in your car, including water, food, a blanket and a flash light.
  • Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • 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.
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