Illinois State Police Warns Drivers to Prepare for Winter WeatherThe Illinois State Police is warning motorists to take precautions as the winter driving season approaches. Inclement weather can have a major impact on driving conditions, such as snow and ice. ISP urges drivers to drive with caution and allow extra time to get to your destination. Always wear your seat belt.
Tips drivers should follow include planning ahead and check the forecast. Determine if the trip is necessary during inclement weather. Don't block a snowplow operator's field of vision. They may not see you. Watch out for black ice on roads and bridges. Drive slowly when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas. Always keep your gas tank at lease two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.
Always dress warm for the winter in layers of loose-fighting, lightweight clothing. Make sure someone is aware of your travel route. Always have an emergency car care kit. Items in the kit should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit. Always carry a cell phone.
Drivers can check on interstate road conditions by contacting IDOT at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), or on the Internet at: www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
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