Cold weather driving tips from IDOT

January 24, 2013 4:00:23 AM PST
Be sure to check forecast before heading out.

Plan ahead and make sure the trip is necessary - combining multiple stops into one trip whenever possible.

Allow your vehicle a little extra time to warm up.

Always keep your gas tank 2/3's full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

Carry mobile device with telephone numbers for emergency services ie; *999 for IDOT and Tollway, AAA,

Carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

Especially for long distant trips.

Make sure family members are aware of your plans if driving alone.