WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The Illinois Department of Transportation says highways stretching from Lee to Dekalb to Winnebago counties have improved in conditions, but are still partly covered with snow or ice.
At of 8 a.m., the road conditions map indicated all roads were covered. But by 4 p.m., conditions improved to being “partly covered.” The different levels include partly covered, mostly covered and covered.
Officials are urging motorists to stay off the roads on Wednesday, as more snow is expected to fall until noon. This, coupled with ice that felt Tuesday, is causing treacherous conditions.
Winter Driving Tips:
- Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law in Illinois.
- Slow down. Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking all are required in winter driving conditions.
- Drop it and drive. Put down the handheld devices – it, too, is the law in Illinois.
- Don’t crowd the plow. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
- Avoid using cruise control in snow and ice.
- Watch out for black ice on roads that appear clear but can be treacherous.
- Be especially careful approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are prone to icing.
- 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. Consider taking public transportation if it is an option.
- Prepare an emergency 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 a car charger in case of emergency.
- Follow Scott’s Law. Slow down and move over for stopped emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles.
- For a list of suggested maintenance for your car, visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s winter driving website.