Prepare for Winter Storms: Tips from VDOT

Depending on how that forecast changes, we could find out this week just how much snow and ice can impact your commute to work.

That's why VDOT is taking steps to make sure they're ready for the season's first big winter storm.

Road and emergency officials say it's always good to be prepared and vigilant when driving into the winter months. Local drivers are expecting the worst.

Nate Huntley, in Winchester, said, "Here, everything shuts down for an inch or two of snow, and in Ohio we're like, 'Oh, a foot of snow? Let's go to school!'"

Corinne Davis, from Richmond, said, "Just in this university in general, everyone's from different places, so we all drive totally different. I don't know if that's safe or not."

Because of that chaos, VDOT is stocking up once again in preparation for winter weather.

Local superintendent, Bill Stover, explained, "We put salt brine on the road, which is a mixture of rock salt and water. We apply that at about 50 gallons a lane mile."

While the state wide budget for snow removal has been expanded by about $20 million, local leaders say those funds haven't exactly trickled down.

"I don't think our budget, locally, has grown all that much, but I think overall the state's budget has grown," Stover said.

Despite the funding, driving experts say there are ways to keep yourself safe this year.

Lt. Mike Richardson, Traffic Safety Coordinator with Frederick County, said, "Make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Be prepared. Make sure that if you're following other traffic, make sure you're following at a distance that allows you to stop."

That goes for pedestrians too.

"Pedestrians, I don't know why, maybe because it's more north, but the pedestrians will walk right in front of a car, so I'm like 'ahhhh,'" concluded Davis.

Frederick County deputies say to always drive defensively, especially in winter weather. Officials from VDOT say they're responsible for more than 600 miles of road in Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Shenandoah Counties.


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