Adverse Driving Conditions Throughout Illinois

On Sunday (January 5, 2014) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued news releases regarding dangerous driving conditions on Illinois roads.

One of these press releases was titled “IDOT Warns Motorists about Dangerous Road Conditions on Majority of State Routes” and another was titled “Illinois Department of Transportation Urges Motorists to Stay off Roads.”

A couple of excerpts from the “IDOT Warns Motorists about Dangerous Road Conditions on Majority of State Routes” news release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that Winter Storm Ion has impacted the majority of the state with snow, and in some areas, freezing rain. IDOT has thousands of winter weather crews deployed statewide to address the winter weather on state routes, but motorists are urged to only travel if necessary as conditions worsen and snow continues to fall throughout the state. Currently, the majority of Illinois roads are snow and ice covered.


“Blowing and drifting snow continues to be a major challenge across Illinois,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Winter Storm Ion has impacted 90 percent of the state. Thousands of IDOT winter weather crews are on the job statewide clearing snow covered roads and spreading salt to help ensure roads are clear and passable. Motorists should continue to use extreme caution, only travel if necessary, take it slow, buckle up and avoid distractions when behind the wheel.”

The news release also contains “safety tips” with regard to driving in the current extreme cold weather and snow conditions, and how to minimize the potential for car accidents.

One of these safety tips has to do with “black ice” as seen below:

Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear and the unseen ice 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.

Additional details can be seen in the above-mentioned news releases.


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