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Va. State Police share tips for safe driving for inclement weather

State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use

Completely clear all windows and head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling

Add extra time to reach travel destination

Slow your speed for road conditions

Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance

Do not tailgate snow plows or sand trucks

Always Buckle up and ensure your passengers are buckled up as well

Do not drive distracted

If your vehicle begins to hydroplane steer your vehicle in the direction you want your vehicle to go

Brake and accelerate lightly

Plan ahead before you travel by calling 511 for road conditions or click on – Do not call 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only

Have a charged cell phone and extra blankets, water, snacks in case your vehicle becomes disabled

Know your location to give to an emergency dispatcher to include the direction of travel in case you need emergency response. Use exit numbers or mile markers when on the interstate as points of reference (For example, Interstate 95 northbound at the 80 mile marker.)

Motorists are also reminded to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. State law includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

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