The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP), and Illinois Tollway recently collaborated to compile a list of tips for safe winter driving, as part of the state’s “Winter Weather — Get It Together” campaign.
Here’s the advice, which you can pass along to fleet drivers:
- Always wear a seat belt.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 of them 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 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 a car charger in case of emergency.
- Slow down and move over for stopped emergency, construction, and maintenance vehicles.
To view an IDOT-produced video about winter driving safety, click on the photo or link below the headline.