Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are urging motorists to plan ahead and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads. Drifting snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt some weekend travel and motorists should allow extra time when making travel plans.
Public Safety is every driver’s responsibility. Driver’s should take precautions; slow down to a safe speed, allow plenty of distance from other vehicles to safely maneuver, ensure vehicle lights are functioning properly, and exit the road or pull into a rest area if the conditions become too hazardous.
"Motorists should take every precaution to help protect those who work to keep our roads safe, by yielding to emergency vehicles. The Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes, or reduce speed and proceed with caution when approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying flashing warning lights," said Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lemming. "Reducing speed, avoiding distractions, and practicing safe driving habits are crucial in the winter months," he added.
When crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages motorists to exchange insurance and driver information to keep motorists safe and the roads clear, unless medical attention is required. Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days. The following are winter weather safety tips to consider:
- Watch for black ice and be extra cautious when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and curves.
- Avoid abrupt steering and braking.
- Allow enough time for travel and avoid following other vehicles too closely.
- Avoid unnecessary and sudden lane changes.
- Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
- Always wear a safety belt.
Road condition information can be obtained by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the Internet at: wrc.gettingaroundillinois.com/