With snow expected tonight and tomorrow, Illinois State Police District 12 is encouraging motorists use caution when driving. Motorists are reminded to fill the gas tank, allow plenty of extra travel time, and to take it slow. They say “ice and snow – take it slow.”
“Winter weather brings additional challenges and responsibilities for drivers,” said District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt. “We ask that drivers be well prepared: Allow sufficient time to reach your destination, ensure passengers in the vehicle are securely restrained, drive defensively, and confirm that your vehicle is properly maintained to handle the effects of cold temperatures,” added Captain Ristvedt.
Some additional safety tips include:
- Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.
- Dress warmly – choose layers of clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.
- Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing. Plenty of fuel is also important if your vehicle becomes stranded.
- Don’t crowd the plow – remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you. It is the law to move over or slow down when passing these, or any parked vehicles with their hazard lights on.
- Watch out for black ice – roads that appear clear may be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas – all are prone to black ice.
- Have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, a flashlight, a small ice scraper, blankets, gloves, food items, water, and a first aid kit.
- Carry a cell phone AND charger.
- Always wear a safety belt.
Road conditions are available at 1-800-IDOT (4386) or here!