Is anyone really prepared for the kind of cold, wind, and snow we’ve been having, and predicted to have more? Luckily for us, the answer is YES. Even if we don’t feel 100% ready to deal with what comes from challenging winter weather, our city is prepared. The various departments that manage snow removal, power outages, school closures, and a host of other services impacted by weather, make it their business to have a well-developed plan and the resources to execute it in all kings of circumstances. What we are facing this week and beyond is readiness for winter weather.
Manassas and Prince William County have a lot of resources not only to prepare their agencies for meeting the needs of our community, but for all of us living, working, or visiting here. On the website, manassascity.org, you’ll find many helpful links. The monthly newsletter, Manassas Connection, provides useful information about all kinds of things, from winter tips to events in the area. The January newsletter has a couple of good articles related to winter weather. Driving tips from the Police Department and what you are to do when it snows. City officials want everyone to be safe, healthy, and happy.
A Few Driving Tips in the Snow
Northern Virginians tend to be fast-paced, hard-working people. Sometimes that means we have to resist the urge to carry on with business as usual when there are dangerous driving conditions outside. It’s best to plan ahead and do what you can to stay off the roads when snow and ice are present. If you do have to go out, plan extra time so you aren’t driving faster than you should on slick roads.
Make sure your car is in good condition, with well-inflated tires, and plenty of gas in the tank. The last thing you want it to have a vehicle breakdown in a snowstorm.
Don’t use cruise control when the roads are slippery. You need your full concentration on controlling your car., and if your feet are taking a holiday while your car drives, you may not have the reflexes to act quick in the face of danger. Have a good sense of how your car handles in these conditions so you can adjust accordingly.
Always let caution be your guide. Keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles. Stopping may require far more time than usual. Ease the brakes when slowing down to avoid sliding into another car. Remember, if you have 4 wheel drive, that is really helpful for snow driving, but does nothing to help on icy roads. Be aware of other drivers. Not everyone on the road is familiar and comfortable with winter weather driving.
Here is a list of the Snow Emergency Routes for the City of Manassas. Parking is prohibited on these roads during a snow or ice event.
Safety and security are two of the most fundamental aspects of a well-developed community. Reach out to the agencies and individuals who are there to ensure we have the best community possible. As Manassas Realtors®, we at B & G Real Estate Services are also a valuable resource for homeowners, buyers, and renters. We know how important it is to live in a place where you feel supported and your concerns are taken seriously. We love to help home buyers discover what a wonderful place Manassas is to live. When it’s time to move on, we want you to know that our knowledge of and connections is the area will service you well too. Please get in touch to learn more about how we can provide real estate services to home buyers, sellers, or renters in the Manassas/Prince William area.