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Use these tips to stay safe if you have to drive through this weekend’s winter storm

IDOT’s tips for driving in winter weather

Here are some tips from the Illinois Department of Transportation for driving in winter weather. Video produced by IDOT.
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Here are some tips from the Illinois Department of Transportation for driving in winter weather. Video produced by IDOT.

With another winter storm expected to hit the metro-east Friday night, the Illinois State Police are encouraging people to stay off the roads.

But, if you must drive during the storm, here are some tips they recommend:

  • Move over and slow down for emergency vehicles, including snowplows.

  • Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.

  • Dress warmly. Choose layers of clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.

  • Ensure you keep plenty of gas in your tank in case your vehicle becomes stranded.  

  • Clear ice and snow from your vehicle windows and lights.

  • 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.

  • 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, an ice scraper, blankets, gloves, food items, water, and a first-aid kit.

  • Carry a cell phone and a charger.

  • Always wear a safety belt.

During the winter storm that hit the region earlier this month, some areas received as much as 9 inches of snow. State police responded to 103 car crashes, including one that killed a 73-year-old Troy man.

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