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Safety Tips for Winter Driving

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Press Release Date: November 15, 2001    || Archived October 3, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in areas of the state that get a lot of snow. Wet weather makes driving difficult when compounded with cold temperatures and snow, whether it is just flurries or a full-blown winter storm.

ISP Director Sam W. Nolen advised, "Driving in a snowstorm is not the time to find out your windshield wiper blades need to be replaced. Drivers should begin preparing for the winter driving season by driving defensively, allowing additional travel time when commuting, and always buckling-up."

The Illinois State Police reminds motorists to stay safe this winter by following these safety tips:

Make sure your car is winterized, and always keep the gas tank topped off. When the tank 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.

When the weather calls for heavy snow or sub-zero temperatures, do not go out 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.

District 1 Sterling 815/632-4032 District 2 Elgin 847/931-2395 District Chicago 847/294-4400 District 5 Joliet 815/727-5471 District 6 Pontiac 815/844-1500 District 7 East Moline 309/755-7011 District 8 Peoria 309/673-8245 District 9 Springfield 217/782-5730 District 10 Pesotum 217-265-0050 District 11 Collinsville 618/346-3636 District 12 Effingham 217/347-2719 District 13 DuQuoin 618/542-8432 District 14 Macomb 309/833-4613 District 15 Oak Brook 800/865-5394 (toll roads) District 16 Pecatonica 815/962-7051 District 17 LaSalle 815/224-3030 District 18 Litchfield 217/324-3100 District 19 Carmi 618/382-8878 District 20 Pittsfield 217/285-5445 District 21 Ashkum 815/698-2112 District 22 Ullin 618/845-3744 IDOT Hot Line 800/452-4368

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

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