How VDOT Workers Keep Afton Mountain Safe for Drivers

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Fog can create treacherous driving conditions, but so can high winds and freezing temperatures. Leaders of the Virginia Department of Transportation know this and track the weather conditions with weather sensors all throughout the interstates.

"We gather a lot of information and there are towers that you actually see in the median," said Sandy Myers with VDOT.

That information is used to help track weather conditions to keep drivers safe.

One thing most drivers may not know is that while the air temperature may be above freezing, the ground or pavement might be below freezing and cause icy conditions.

That's why there are sensors in place to measure not just the air temperature, but also the temperature at the ground through 17 inches below the pavement. Then VDOT workers ensure when there are dangerous driving conditions, drivers will know about it.

"You will start seeing signs miles before you hit Afton Mountain."

Weather may not help driving conditions, but VDOT leaders said bad weather only accounts for 3 percent of the crashes in the Afton Mountain area. Animals and distracted driving are more common causes.

VDOT leaders said it's simple for drivers to stay safe. All they need to do is pay attention and slow down.


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