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Braving winter weather: 3 safety tips

In winter months, people can't afford to be lazy with safety. You have to drive to work school and other activities, and it's hard enough without dangerous drivers on the road. Slick roadways, snow and sleet might make it hard to get where you're going, and the addition of drivers in a rush can quickly lead to crashes.

Winter weather that blocks roadways and causes chills to the bone isn't uncommon in Illinois. If you have to drive in these dangerous conditions, there are some things you can do to stay safer. Here are three tips.

1. Check the weather and consider your options

The first thing to do is to check the weather before you go outside and drive. If you see that a blizzard is going to hit around 5 p.m. but you work until 6 p.m., it would be wise to discuss leaving early with your employer. If the weather is only going to get worse, staying where you are is better than driving into a dangerous weather pattern.

2. Be prepared before you go out

It's important to wear the right clothing and to have safety equipment with you if you go out in hazardous weather conditions. Wear clothing appropriate for cold temperatures, and bring a safety kit, including food and water, with you. If you crash or end up in a disabled vehicle, you need to be able to take care of yourself until help arrives.

3. Know when to pull over

Finally, know when to pull over. If you're overwhelmed or the roads are getting too dangerous, it's okay to stop and pull over on the side of the road or to take the next exit and wait out the storm. It's better than trying to continue when you'll be putting yourself and others in danger.

Winter weather can lead to serious accidents, so consider these tips before you go out.

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