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Illinois State Police issue winter travel advisory

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With snow coming our way once again, the Illinois State Police are urging those who plan on traveling interstates and state roads to stay safe.

Although the amount of snow we receive on Tuesday will depend on the ground temperature and the amount of rain that mixes in, initial forecasts are calling for three to six inches of snow to fall around the stateline Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Dangerous road conditions frequently follow snow events, so the Illinois State Police have issued a series of tips in an effort to keep drivers safe.

"Motorists should take every safety precaution while driving during extreme weather conditions, so that they arrive and depart to and from their destinations safely," said Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lemming. "Reducing speed, avoiding distractions, and practicing safe driving habits are crucial, especially when roads and interstates are icy, and visibility is reduced."

If a crash occurs during extreme weather conditions, motorists should exchange insurance and driver information unless medical attention is required. Crash reports can be filed at the nearest ISP District within ten days.

Drivers should allow plenty of distance between vehicles, make sure their lights are working properly, watch for plows, and exit the road to a safe location if driving becomes too dangerous. The following tips are also recommended:

  • Anticipate reduced visibility and watch for black ice when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and curves.
  • Avoid abrupt steering and braking and avoid tailgating by keeping a safe distance between vehicles.
  • Allow enough time for travel and advise others of travel itineraries.
  • 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 and keep a charged cell phone handy.

To get information on road conditions, visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com or call the Illinois Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-4368.

 

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