Illinois State Police urge drivers to take precautions before hitting the road in severe winter weather. They suggest checking the forecast before leaving and allowing extra driving time, dressing in layers, carrying a cell phone and car charger, making someone aware of your travel route, and keeping your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
While on the road, Illinois State Police caution drivers to watch for black ice, be careful not to crowd snow plows, and always wear a safety belt. They also recommend carrying an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit.
In the event of a crash, the Illinois State Police encourage drivers to exchange insurance and driver information, unless medical attention is required, to keep roads clear. A crash report can be filed with the Illinois State Police within ten days.