Illinois motorists reminded to be aware of potentially dangerous
travel conditions during winter months
speed, reduce traveling distance and beware of black ice
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[January 25, 2014]
CHICAGO — Following the tragic
multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Ind., on
Thursday, the Illinois Department of Transportation is urging
Illinois motorists to be cautious while traveling the roadways
during the winter months.
IDOT has winter weather crews across the state on standby for the
anticipated snowfall expected this weekend. As snowfall moves in
Friday night, conditions are expected to change and have the
potential to cause slick and hazardous driving conditions.
offer our deepest condolences to our neighbors in Indiana," said
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "The tragic
accident on I-94 near Michigan City is a reminder for everyone to be
mindful of dangerous road conditions and to be especially careful
while traveling during these winter months."
Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect
roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary
during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low. During
the severely cold weather expected, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to cold
temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need
additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair and bring pets
Other safety tips to remember:
Allow extra time
for travel during the winter months.
Don't crowd the
plow. A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You
may see them, but they may not see you.
Be aware that
black ice can form on roads that appear clear, and the unseen
ice can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas — all prone to
black ice, which is often invisible.
Always keep your gas tank at least
two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle's fuel line from
[to top of second column]
Do not travel
during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If you do have
to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is
aware of your travel route and schedule.
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 few extra
blankets in your car and perhaps an extra coat to ensure
protection in case of a breakdown.
Carry a cellphone
and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (but
remember that using handheld phones while driving is illegal if
it is not an emergency situation).
Always wear a seat
belt, front seat or back — it's the law.
Check travel and
road conditions routinely before any trip. You can get road
condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois
Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the "Winter
Road Conditions" icon.
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]