Illinois Motorists Reminded to be Aware of Potentially Dangerous Travel Conditions During Winter Months
Reduce Speed, Reduce Traveling Distance and
Beware of Black Ice
CHICAGO – Following the tragic multi-vehicle
accident today on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Indiana, The
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging Illinois
motorists to be cautious while traveling the roadways during the
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 has the potential to cause slick and hazardous
“We 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 indoors.
Other safety tips to remember:
Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow
operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them,
but they may not see you.
Allow extra time for travel during the
Watch out for black ice on roads that appear
clear but can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas - all are
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
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
Always carry an emergency car care kit that
contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield
washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material,
blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway
Always wear a safety belt.
Motorists are urged to check travel
conditions 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.