IDOT Warning Concerning Adverse Driving Conditions

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a warning today (February 8, 2018) with regard to adverse driving conditions due to anticipated snowfall starting tonight.  Various areas of Northern Illinois (Lake County, McHenry County, and various parts of the remaining Chicago area) are expected to be impacted.

The media release is titled “Winter Storm, Treacherous Driving Conditions  Across Northern Illinois Tonight and Friday.” (pdf) The release discusses driving issues with regard to the anticipated 10-12 inches of snow that is expected to fall in Northern Illinois tonight and tomorrow.

An excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm with the potential for 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois will create treacherous conditions tonight and Friday. Driving should be avoided, with snow- and ice-covered roads, limited visibility and extremely long travel times anticipated.

The release also offers various “safe-driving” tips for dealing with the expected driving conditions.

One of these tips is the following:

  • Always wear a seat belt, whether you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat. It’s the law.

On this site, the importance of every vehicle occupant wearing a seat belt at all times is discussed on the “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.  As discussed on that page, wearing a seat belt helps prevent the possibility of the driver and/or other vehicle occupants from being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the car or other type of vehicle.  These ejections often lead to accident injuries that are serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.

During adverse driving conditions – especially those involving snow and ice – various types of crashes are likely to occur.  These crashes can include various types of loss of control, including spinouts and “slideoffs.”  Additionally, there may be potential for formation of “black ice,” which often creates a very hazardous condition for drivers.

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions caused by heavy snowfall can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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