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Reminder to motorists: stay safe on wintry roads

Thursday, Jan. 17 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
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As Fauquier roads worsen in the hours to come, Virginia State Police troopers remind drivers to slow down.

State troopers have encountered several crashes through the week's rainy weather. The National Weather Service predicts that rain will give way to snow, with one to three inches of accumulation Thursday afternoon and evening.

To stay safe, state police recommend that drivers:

-Leave early and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.
-Obey all the traffic laws and buckle up.
-Slow Down – The posted speed limit is for driving during prime road conditions.
-Increase your following distance and brake earlier. A wet surface increases your need for stopping distance.
-Never drive through standing or high water.
-Turn your headlights on during inclement weather. This increases your visibility.
-If your windshield wipers are not on the intermittent cycle, then you must have your headlights on.
-If you feel your vehicle hydroplane, let your foot off the gas and steer straight until you regain control. Do not slam on your brakes.
-Always drive distraction free.

If you are involved in a crash, you can dial #77 from your cell phone. This call will go directly to a Virginia State Police Communications Center. When you call, the dispatcher will ask for your location, so it is important to know where you are, so state troopers can reach you more quickly.
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