Albemarle County police responded up to eight accidents at a time earlier this week, and with more winter weather headed our way, they hope this weekend won't be the same.
Police are advising those taking to the roads to prepare in advance by checking fluids, making sure your car has enough gas, and checking tires. Also plan your trip ahead of time, and check the weather conditions before you leave. If the roads are slick, don't be afraid to drive slowly.
"When a vehicle starts to slide off the road you really lose control so prepare to slow down, said Sergeant Sean Hackney of the Albemarle County Police Department. "We want people to arrive alive, so give yourself a little extra time."
Police say that if you do get in an accident, get yourself and your vehicle away from the road if possible. Also be patient, because on days where the road conditions are bad, police respond to a high volume of calls.
The next winter storm is expected to arrive on Saturday and the Virginia Department of Transportation has the salt trucks and plows ready. But in bad winter weather the best advice remains that if you don't have to leave the house, just stay home.