Storm preparation: tips for driving on ice

By Mark Bullion
By Audrey Williams

February 25, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- With Tuesday's winter storm comes a good chance of ice accumulation on area roadways, especially the I-55 corridor. The Illinois State Police have some tips to help make sure you are safe when and if you have to travel.

Illinois State Police said roads may look clear in the early morning hours Tuesday. However, they could be glazed over with a coating of ice and they are again reminding motorists to take it slow.

Troopers also said those with four wheel drive should not drive like the roadways are dry, especially if there is ice present, because it will most likely land you in a ditch.

"Even if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, we recommend that you drive slow, and if you don't have to go out, don't go, wait until it has cleared up. "If you do have to go out, drive slow, take your time, and pay attention to where you're going," said Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce.

Trooper Pierce said if you do happen to hit a patch of ice, remain calm, let off the gas and steer in direction you are sliding. If you do get into an accident, stay inside your vehicle and call 911.

Since Illinois has lacked significant snow and ice accumulation during the past two winters, Trooper Pierce said drivers easily forget to basics of driving in bad weather.

"Never use cruise control you cannot respond properly. In bad weather, I mean even with rain you should never be using cruise control," said Reeder Driving Instructor Gina Cooley.

Cooley recommends new drivers go out with an experienced driver after the snow event is over to gain experience.

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