Here’s how you can drive safely through snow this winter

The snowy season is upon us, here's what you need to know.
Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 6:39 PM CST
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PEORIA (25News Now) - As hard as it is to admit, the winter season is approaching, along with all the driving hazards that come with snow and ice.

The “Winter Wonderland, Get it Together” campaign launched Wednesday.

It’s a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), City of Peoria and the Illinois State Police.

Over 1,000 snowplows will be out this season covering nearly 1,200 routes in the state according to IDOT.

Amy McLaren, from the county highway department, has this advice.

“Stay in your car and stay safe. Call emergency services and they can assist you. You might have to call a tow truck. Sometimes in the winter there’s a lot of demand for a tow truck so you might have to wait a while,” she said.

“Have a blanket or something to keep yourself warm,” McLaren said.

If you must be out in extreme weather, the best thing to do is go slow and be cautious of black ice.

Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Brett Tucker debunks the rumor that vehicles with four-wheel drives are immune from sliding in the snow.

“The important thing is regardless of vehicle, drive according to the road conditions. So anytime that it’s below freezing or there’s precipitation, you should slow down,” Tucker said.

Also, it’s recommended that drivers stay on main roads where there’s plenty of traffic.