VDOT Warns Drivers About Heavy Rains

September 29, 2010

The Virginia Department of Transportation says motorists should be alert to possible road closures due to expected flooding from heavy rain across the state today into the early hours of Thursday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reminds motorists to avoid travel during severe storm conditions. When driving in rain, motorists should observe the following precautions:

- Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to slow or stop quickly and without warning.

- Drive at a speed that enables you to stop quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.

- Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.

- Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.

- Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause loss of control due to hydroplaning.

- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.

- Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.

Call 511 or visit 511Virginia.org to find out what roads may be closed and any weather-related traffic conditions in your area.

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