Interstate 74/Mansfield exit

Interstate 74/Mansfield exit

The end of the years brings about the gathering of friends and family which in most instances means that the residents of Central Illinois will be traveling to and fro. Having been hit with snow and ice that began shortly after Christmas morning, road conditions worsened in some parts and crews have been working to clear the path for holiday travelers; however, caution should always be heeded while on the road despite how clear they might appear.

Instersate 74

Interstate 74

Often times accidents can be avoided if the proper respect is given during in-climate weather. Speed can be a major cause of most avoidable accidents while driving on icy roads. According to weather.com, one shouldn’t assume that all vehicles can handle all conditions, meaning, if you drive a large truck or sport utility vehicle you should handle it much as you would driving a smaller car. Decreasing your speed and allowing as much as three times the space as normal can also help in preventing an accident.

Interstate 74

Interstate 74

Some accidents are unavoidable despite taking every measure in preventing them. If you find yourself in a position where you are stranded along the highway, the most important thing to make sure you have is a means to stay warm. This means ensuring that your car is properly stocked with warm blankets. Hand warmers can also be an invaluable thing to have as well. One tip is to also make sure that even if you are going out for just a short drive that you dress appropriately. A lot of times if we know we’re not going very far we might not bundle up like we should and this can prove to very dangerous, even fatal, if we’re not careful.

Tonight is New Year’s Eve, and I urge everyone to enjoy themselves as they gather around to bring in 2010 and to be as safe as possible.