Illinois State Police remind motorists to be cautious
From press release
PECATONICA, Ill.—Illinois State Police District 16 Commander, Lt. Martin Zamudio, is reminding motorists to be cautious when traveling this holiday season. “Many of the roads throughout District 16 can be hazardous at best during and after winter weather events,” said Lt. Zamudio. “When road conditions deteriorate, in addition to cold winds and low temperatures, we ask that the public stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.”
Lt. Zamudio stated that District 16 troopers have investigated numerous crashes and assisted several motorists with disabled or stuck vehicles over the course of the last couple weeks surrounding winter weather events. District 16 Safety Education Officer, Trooper Brent Massingill offered these tips for motorists venturing out in the weather:
→ Don’t use cruise control in wet, snowy or icy conditions.
→ If you start to lose traction, gradually slow down, don’t slam on the brakes.
→ Slow down in advance of shaded areas, especially on curves.
→ Travel main routes and be rested and alert.
→ Be prepared with a full tank of gas and a full cell phone battery.
→ Keep blankets in your car along with healthy snacks in case you should get stranded.
→ Let others know where you are going and the route you will be taking.
→ Always wear your seatbelt.
From the Dec. 22-28, 2010 issue
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