The Illinois State Police is encouraging motorists to prepare for driving on ice and snow.
About 2 inches of snow fell in Greater Alton Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday, creating slick spots for commuters.
“We would like to encourage people to be aware of potentially hazardous roadway conditions approaching our area,” Illinois State Police District 11 Interim Commander Timothy Tyler said. “Motorists should pay special attention to surface conditions. We recommend they leave early, allow more following distance between vehicles and slow down as conditions can change very quickly.”
Motorists should also be cognizant of Illinois Department of Transportation snow removal operations while traveling. Give them additional space needed while they make the roadways safe for travel. The ISP also reminds travelers of a state law that requires motorists to move out of the lane adjacent to a stopped emergency vehicle. If they are not able to do so because of traffic, motorists are required to slow down and proceed with caution. Stopped emergency vehicles include police, fire, ambulance, IDOT and tow vehicles.
Motorists are also encouraged to plan ahead now. They should make sure to have extra coats, blankets, gloves and hats, and high-energy food and water. Their vehicles should also be prepared for winter by traveling with at least a half a tank of fuel, adequate antifreeze levels and washer fluid levels and overall roadworthiness. Let others know travel plans as well, and keep a charger for cellphones on hand.