Winter weather driving tips

Over the weekend, much of Illinois saw its first glimpse of snow. With the wintry weather just beginning, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Tollway are teaming up to remind motorists to be safe and to be prepared for wintry driving conditions.

As part of their “Winter Weather—Get it Together” campaign, all travelers are encouraged to follow a few simple rules and tips during the coming months:

·         Always wear a seat belt.

·         Slow down. Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking are all required in winter driving conditions.

·         Drop it and drive. Put down the handheld devices.

·         Don’t crowd the plow. A snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.

·         Avoid using cruise control in snow and ice.

·         Watch out for black ice on roads that appear clear but can be treacherous.

·         Be careful approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All of them are prone to icing.

·         Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary.

·         Prepare an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

·         Carry a cell phone and a car charger in case of an emergency.

·         Slow down and move over for stopped emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles.

Before heading out on the road this winter, motorists can check travel conditions by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or visit

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