SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists that with the upcoming winter season, driving conditions can become hazardous, especially in regions of the state which normally receive significant snowfall. When compounded with cold temperatures and snow, wet weather can make driving extremely difficult. "During the winter driving season, motorists can take several precautions to make sure they reach their destination safely. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained, drive defensively, and make sure the vehicle is properly maintained to handle the affects of the cold temperatures," said ISP Director Larry G. Trent. "Drivers are also encouraged to call one of the Illinois State Police’s road condition phone numbers before leaving for their destination." The Illinois State Police offers the following safety tips for having a safe winter:
- Make sure your vehicle is ready to drive in winter weather. Have a mechanic check the battery, antifreeze level, wipers and winshield washer fluid, heater, defroster, etc.
- Always keep the gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
- Dress warmly for the weather. Wear layers of loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.
- Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make the trip, check the forecast and plan ahead with safety in mind.
- Make sure someone is aware of your route of travel.
- Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, nonperishable food, and a first aid kit.
- Carry a cellular phone for notifying those expecting your arrival or in case of emergencies.
- Always wear your seat belt. It can be the best protection against drivers who are nervous or tense driving in winter weather.
Road conditions and road closures can be found at www.gettingaroundillinois.com