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When the Weather Outside is Frightful

January 30, 2014

Are you having trouble navigating the roads during these wintery conditions? Observing several safety measures can reduce the risk of falling and colliding during these frigid temperatures.

Whether walking on foot or driving in your car, dangerous winter conditions often create the perfect storm for disaster. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 1,000 fatalities resulted from car crashes in the state of Illinois during 2013. Defensive driving is always necessary, but proves more imperative in the winter months, when traveling becomes more challenging for all drivers.

The Weather Channel shares some additional tips for combating the blustery weather this winter:

  • Allow extra travel time, drive slowly, and exercise more caution when traveling
  • Beware of imperceptible black ice. Black asphalt roads are still visible underneath black ice
  • Keep an emergency kit with essentials in your car: a flashlight, blanket, shovel, snow scraper, tool kit, and first aid kit
  • Jumper cables, blankets, water, and non-perishable foods may also come in handy during an emergency
  • Finally, do not skimp on servicing for oil changes and check the age of your wiper blades frequently