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Winter's icy roads and snow are dangerous for Illinois drivers

Winter's ice and snow make road conditions dangerous for Illinois drivers.
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    January 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Winter in Illinois can be beautiful. Delicate snowflakes falling to the ground are a sight to behold. A thin coating of ice adds a sheen that reflects the sun's light like diamonds. Snowmen made by happy children can brighten up even the worst of days. For sports enthusiasts around Illinois, winter means the arrival of perfect conditions for skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowboarding.

On the other hand, winter's beauty heralds in a time of unique dangers. Ice-slickened or snow-covered walkways easily become hazardous, and can cause slips and falls that result in injury. Melting snow from customers' and employees' shoes can leave floors slippery in stores or businesses, which can also lead to falls and injuries.

Dangers of snow and ice on the road

Arguably, though, the most dangerous thing about winter in Illinois is the toll that snow and ice take on the state's surface streets and highways. Falling snow, a lovely sight when you are safe and warm indoors, is a nightmare for commuters, deliverymen, truck drivers, travelers and anyone else out and about during a storm. In the best case scenario, traffic slows significantly while drivers proceed slowly - but safely - down the road.

Some drivers altogether fail to appreciate the impact that quickly falling snow, freezing rain, sleet or ice will have on a road surface. Continuing at a fast speed is extremely hazardous during a storm, as visibility is dramatically decreased and it takes longer to stop on slick surfaces.

A slow pace can lead to its own set of hazards, this time caused by drivers themselves. Impatience leads to aggressive driving, including tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic or even speeding in an attempt to shorten the commute. Of course, these actions will cause car accidents if the vehicle's wheels lose traction with the road, a sudden stop is needed or if the tires hit a patch of ice. Ice can cause vehicles to skid and slide out of control, meaning that vehicles can hit stationary objects like bridge abutments or guard rails, or they can slide into other vehicles.

Staying safe

Though wintertime driving may be difficult, it is not inherently dangerous if precautions are taken. Experts like those at the American Automobile Association have tips on how to stay safe on the roads during the cold months.

For example, regularly checking the levels of washer fluid in your vehicle gives you the confidence of knowing you will be able to instantly increase your visibility by clearing away salt, sand and other debris that can block your windshield. Keeping at least half a tank of gas in your car can ensure that you will be able to stay warm if you are involved in an accident; you can simply run the heater in bursts to keep the interior comfortable while waiting for help to arrive. Increasing your following distance, adjusting your speed to account for bad weather, checking the air pressure in your tires to ensure that they are properly inflated, not using your cruise control on snowy roads and having your brakes regularly serviced will also help you stay safe.

Regardless of the precautions you take, though, you could still be involved in an accident with an irresponsible driver this winter. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois car accident, consult an experienced personal injury attorney.

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