IDOT REMINDS DRIVERS TO WATCH FOR STANDING WATER ON PAVEMENT
Thawing Snow Could Lead to Flooding and Dangerous Driving Conditions in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation
(IDOT) advised motorists Friday to travel with extreme caution
as rain and melting snow could lead to standing water on
low-lying roads throughout the state. Standing water has been
reported on several expressways in Chicago and other areas
across the state. IDOT crews are working to clear storm drains
and will respond to problem areas as necessary.
“The rain and melting snow can lead to standing water on
roadways, which can be dangerous if not careful,” said Illinois
Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Our crews are
working diligently to monitor the conditions to ensure safety
across Illinois throughout the duration of this thaw.”
Flooding-related driving tips:
- Do not drive through flooded areas
- If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to
cross, do not attempt to do so
- If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek
Other safety tips to remember:
Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow
operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them,
but they may not see you.
Allow extra time for travel during the
Watch out for black ice on roads that appear
clear but can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas - all are
prone to black ice, which is often invisible.
Always keep your gas tank at least
two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from
Do not travel during bad weather unless
absolutely necessary - if you do have to make a trip, check
the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel
Always carry an emergency car care kit that
contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield
washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material,
blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway
Always wear a safety belt.
Motorists are urged to check travel
conditions before any trip. You can get road condition
information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois
Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “winter
road conditions” icon.