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VDOT treats roads in advance of Tuesday's storm

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

VDOT crews are busy preparing major roads in Central Virginia for Tuesday's storm.

VDOT and its contractors are laying down anti-icing treatment to interstates 95, 64 and 295, along with Chippenham Parkway and Route 288. 

The treatment keeps snow from bonding with pavement, but VDOT is still warning drivers to be careful on the roads. Cold temperatures could lead to dangerous driving conditions on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.

VDOT says to avoid any unnecessary travel, be sure to clear your car of ice and snow, wear your seat belt and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Officials also say to drive slower and keep more distance behind other vehicles. Try not to pass snowplows and use common sense. 

An emergency winter driving kit can help get you through your travel. Rock salt, sand or cat litter can help provide traction if you get stuck. A snow brush or ice scraper, flashlight, booster cables, blanket and extra clothes should be part of the kit, as well.

About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.  

VDOT crews will begin putting sand and salt on major roads once the storm begins.

You can call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to  report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT's 24-hour Customer Service Center.

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