Winters in Illinois can be very treacherous, especially for people driving on snow-covered roads. Snow and ice can make driving very difficult, and the winter season often sees many car accidents caused by winter weather.
Car accidents during the winter can be caused by a variety of factors, including slippery roads, impatient motorists and reduced visibility. When the roads are covered in snow, snow plows come out in full force to clear the roads. Unfortunately, the presence of snow plows can also increase the risk of car accidents.
Six plows have been involved in car accidents after just one snow storm this month, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported. Incidents with snow plows are often caused by impatient motorists driving too fast and trying to pass slow-moving snow plows.
Illinois DOT officials say that drivers need to be cautious when driving near snow plows, and when driving on snowy roads in general. To prevent an accident, the DOT recommends slowing down and giving snow plows extra room. This advice is true for preventing car accidents during the winter season, even after the roads have been plowed because there can still be slippery and icy patches on the road that can cause vehicles to spin out or crash.
Motorists in Illinois should be careful when driving this winter season, especially during and after winter storms. Snow and ice make it difficult to travel, even for motorists driving trucks and SUVs with four-wheel drive. In order to keep everyone safe on the road, remember to slow down, use caution and leave plenty of room to avoid hitting the car in front of you.
Source: CBS St. Louis, "6 Car Versus Plow Accidents Reported in Illinois," Jan. 6, 2014