Another round of winter weather is upon us and continuing through the weekend. Illinois State Police District 20 Commander Robert Elliott would like to remind motorists to drive safely by following these tips:

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  • "Stay warm, stay home and don't travel if it's even questionable," "One driving fatality is one too many."
  • OBEY THE STATES “MOVE OVER LAW”!!!!! Which requires drivers to yield to emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks that have rotating or flashing lights.
  • Check your travel destinations before leaving, some areas will be worse than others.
  • Watch out for black ice – roads that appear clear but actually are ice covered
  • Dress warm and take a cell phone in case of emergency
  • Slow down and increase your following distance, be cautious when approaching intersections, off ramps, and bridges.
  • Always keep your gas tank two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
  • Plan ahead, Allow extra time to your destination, make sure others are aware of your travel route.
  • Look ahead for and anticipate possible hazards
  • Understand the posted speed limit is too fast for driving conditions
  • Wear a seat belt
  • Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluids, small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

"No one thinks that they will become stranded," said Elliott. "Remember, weather conditions can change rapidly and create hazardous driving conditions. It is important to maintain your vehicle properly and have an emergency car care kit available."