Staying Safe Behind the Wheel in Winter: Tips For Safe Driving

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With one of the worst winter storms in Illinois history passing through early February, it has become extremely important to practice safe winter driving in order to avoid automobile accidents. Snowy and icy conditions can easily cause your vehicle to skid off-road or into a ditch. Roadway departures have accounted for over 53% of auto accidents in Illinois. In 2009, the Illinois Department of Traffic reported 4,844 traffic accident injuries as a direct result of ice or snow on the roadways. Although these statistics demonstrate that you should completely avoid driving in bad winter weather, this is not always a realistic scenario. In addition to safe driving, you should check your local traffic reports for any hazardous road conditions. Also remember to test that your car is in proper working condition to handle winter elements. It is important to keep maintenance of your vehicle, including the wiper blades, tires, windshield fluid, brakes, etc. However, as stated before, the best advice is to stay off the road during dangerous conditions in order to avoid potential accidents and injury.

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