IDOT gives tips on safe winter driving after deadly crash - – Rockford’s News Leader

IDOT gives tips on safe winter driving after deadly crash


Thursday's deadly crash on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Indiana, has spurred the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists of safe winter driving tips.

A Michigan couple and a Chicago man and his dog were killed during a 40-car pileup on the interstate during heavy snowfall. Twenty other people were injured.

With snow expected Friday night, driving conditions are expected to change, with the potential of slick and hazardous roads. When snow and ice affect roadways, drivers are reminded to use caution and travel only when absolutely necessary during winter storms or periods of extremely cold temperatures.

The following tips are recommended:

  • Dress in layers
  • Keep vehicles in good repair
  • Allow extra time for travel
  • Don't crowd the plow - drivers' field of vision is limited, so they may not see you
  • Be aware of black ice - it can form on roads that appear clear and the ice can be dangerous - go slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas, which are all prone to black ice
  • Always keep your gas tank at least 2/3 full to avoid the vehicle's fuel line freezing
  • Stay home - only travel when absolutely necessary, check the forecast first, and let someone know where you're going and what time you plan to arrive
  • Carry an emergency car care kit containing jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit
  • Keep a few extra blankets in your car and an extra coat to keep you warm during a potential breakdown
  • Keep your cell phone with you and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (the use of phones while driving, outside of an emergency, is against the law)
  • Always wear your seatbelt, regardless of your seat in the vehicle
  • Check travel and road conditions before your trip by calling 1-800-452-4368, Tollway information can be found at 1-800-TOLL-FYI or at, click the "winter road conditions" icon
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