Driving Safely in the Snow

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- AAA is providing numbers that detail the risk you might face if you decide to drive Tuesday afternoon.

On average, eight people die on Virginia's roads each year in conditions similar to what we'll see Tuesday, according to AAA and Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles. Both VDOT and state police are asking drivers to stay off the roads if they can. Sgt. K. L. Hyden with Virginia State Police said many of the crashes he responds to involve drivers who had been doing something simple, such as going to Walmart.

In the commonwealth, more than 22,000 crashes happen each year because of driving in tough weather conditions, which includes rain, other storms and winter weather. Snow, sleet and ice account for more than 13 percent of those crashes. Hyden advised that it's best to be cautious.

"So many people make unnecessary trips in this kind of weather, and as a result, they may slide on the snow or ice and end up in an accident," said Hyden.

Conditions are expected to get worse throughout Tuesday, and the evening commute could be the toughest drive of the day.

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