"IDOT plow teams across the state have spent recent weeks making
sure of all our equipment is in good working order, doing practice
runs and preparing for the winter weather that we know is on the
way," said Sees. "We are urging drivers to prepare their vehicles
and to think of safety first before they head out onto roads that
are slick from snow and ice. This is especially important for the
first big snow of the year, when drivers are unaccustomed to winter
driving. Remember: Fill up your gas tank, allow plenty of extra time
and take it slow."
During the 2007-2008 winter season, more than
3,000 IDOT employees and more than 1,700 pieces of equipment will be
deployed when needed to keep state routes clear and passable.
"Winter provides new challenges and responsibilities for both the
public and the Illinois State Police," said Trent. "We ask that
drivers be well-prepared for the upcoming winter season in Illinois.
Allow sufficient time to reach your destination, ensure passengers
in the vehicle are securely restrained, drive defensively, and make
sure the vehicle is properly maintained to handle the effects of
Other safety tips:
Plan ahead and make
sure before you head out: Is your trip necessary?
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.
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Always keep your
gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel
line from freezing.
Dress warmly for
the weather. Dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight
clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather
Do not travel
unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a trip,
check the forecast and plan ahead with safety in mind.
Make sure someone
is aware of your travel route.
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
Carry a cell phone.
Always wear a
Motorists are urged to check travel conditions before any trip.
You may get interstate condition information by calling
1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or by checking on the Internet at
[Text from file received from
Illinois State Police]