Illinois officials urge preparation for winter driving

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state officials are urging motorists to gear up for winter. The “Winter Weather — Get it Together” campaign is backed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, state Police and the Tollway. The message is wear a seat belt, slow down, and putting down the hand-held device while driving. Officials suggest avoiding cruise control in snow and ice, giving snowplows a wide berth, and using extra caution on potentially icy intersections, ramps, and bridges. Always carry an emergency car-care kit with jumper cables, flares, blankets and non-perishable food. And motorists should move over for stopped emergency vehicles, carry a cellphone and charger, and best advice of all — stay home in bad weather unless absolutely necessary.