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Winter Driving Tips

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Press Release Date: November 12, 2002    || Archived March 25, 2003
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 1Sterling815-632-4032
District 2Elgin847-931-2395
District Chicago847-294-4701
District 5Joliet815-727-5471
District 6Pontiac815-844-1500
District 7East Moline309-755-7011
District 8Peoria309-673-8245
District 9Springfield217-782-5730
District 10Pesotum217-265-0050
District 11Collinsville618-346-3636
District 12Effingham217/347-2719
District 13DuQuoin618/542-8432
District 14Macomb309/833-4613
District 15Oak Brook800/865-5394 (toll roads)
District 16Pecatonica815/962-7051
District 17LaSalle815/224-3030
District 18Litchfield217/324-3100
District 19Carmi618/382-8878
District 20Pittsfield217/285-5445
District 21Ashkum815/698-2112
District 22Ullin618/845-3744
IDOT Hot Line800/452-4368


For more safe winter driving tips, contact your nearest Illinois State Police district.

For more information contact:
Public Information Office
Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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