|SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in areas that normally receive a lot of snow. Wet weather, when compounded with cold temperatures and snow, makes driving difficult, whether it is just flurries or a full-blown winter storm.|
ISP Director Sam W. Nolen advised, “Drivers can keep safe this winter by ensuring their vehicle is properly maintained, driving defensively, and always buckling up.”
The Illinois State Police reminds motorists to stay safe this winter by following these safety tips:
- Always keep the gas tank topped off. When it gets to half, fill it up.
- Dress for the weather, not your destination. Business attire may be appropriate for the office but not best suited for unexpected winter weather emergencies.
- Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make the trip, ensure someone is aware of your route of travel.
- Carry a cellular phone for use during emergencies and for notifying those expecting your arrival in case there are weather delays.
- Always buckle-up. Your seat belt can be the best protection against drivers who are tense and in a hurry because of weather conditions.
The following ISP road condition hot lines are operational from November 15 thru March 31, and are updated daily.
|Road Condition Hot Lines|
|District 7||East Moline||309-755-7011|
|District 15||Oak Brook||800/865-5394 (toll roads)|
|IDOT Hot Line||800/452-4368|
For more safe winter driving tips, contact your nearest Illinois State Police district.