5 Driving Safety Tips for Ice and Freezing Rain

Posted at 4:05 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory in effect from 7 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 4, to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Feb. 5.

A freezing rain advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.

Wally Simmons, loss prevention manager with the Fairfax County Risk Management Office, recommends five common sense driving safety tips.

For more on winter weather preparedness, visit our winter storm Web page.

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7 responses to “5 Driving Safety Tips for Ice and Freezing Rain”

  1. Jane Peil says :

    Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:07:11 +0000 To: appeil2@msn.com

  2. Amanda says :

    CALL LL TODAY! These roads are very dangerous!

  3. Anonymous says :

    This is the second time in a row where the Fairfax County Public Schools have had a two hour delay and the county goverment has choosen not to issue a open or close status. I’m sorry, it’s not “business as usual” for parents when the schools close. Even the federal government issued a we’re open statement. Who makes the decision not to post a status? If you could provide the name and address so citizens can contact them to request that Fairfax PLEASE issue a status anytime the schools have a delay or are closed due to weather.
    Thank you.

    • Anonymous says :

      I agree!! Great customer service, NOT.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Thanks for your comment.

      We acknowledge that it can be challenging at times for government employees with children when the school system is closed or delays opening and the county government is open on time. All parents, wherever they work, have similar needs to plan ahead for when there are changes in the school system’s operating status.

      Regardless of your personal situation, however, today was business as usual for the county government –- open on time and no leave granted. Today is no different than any other business day for the county -– officially open at 8 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. (although individual work times may vary due to flexible schedules).

      Fairfax County Government issues closing/delay status messages over a variety of channels, including this blog, social media, telephone hotlines, as well as on Fairfax County Government Radio online, Channel 16 and our emergency alert system (one for residents and a separate system for internal).

      Should the weather –- or other situations — arise that causes the county to delay opening or close or grant employees unscheduled leave, these messages have and will continue to be sent on all the communication channels mentioned above.

      Also, please note that the Fairfax County School system is a separate entity and as such, make their own decision about operating status and have their own communication channels to communicate to parents. The school system’s “Keep in Touch” subscription service is the appropriate venue to receive information about school closings and delays.

  4. Derek Brown says :

    freezing rain is not something to play with, tires are not skates