Illinois State Police are reminding motorists and citizens to be aware in the winter weather. Although a large amount of snow may not be predicted for the near future, cold weather is. When temperatures drop into the single digit or sub-zero range, there are a few tips of which one should be aware.
First off, make sure you ALWAYS wear your seatbelt. Next, be aware of black ice. Take your time and slow down when approaching intersections, on and off ramps, bridges and shady areas. Keep your gas tank at least half full in case you get stranded on the side of the road. Carry an emergency kit in your vehicle with essential goods such as a first aid kid, an ice scraper, jumper cables, flares or reflectors, blankets, and non-perishable foods. Also make sure you keep your cell phone charged and have a working cell phone charger in your vehicle. Check weather and travel conditions before you leave by calling 800-452-IDOT or go to gettingaroundillinois.com.
With cold temperatures coming and wind chills in the sub-zero range make sure you have a plan in case the power goes out or your furnace breaks. Keep in mind a family or friend’s residence you can go to until you can safely and warmly return to your home.