January 11, 2012 – With the weather predicting to dump some of that cold, wet stuff on us, here’s a quick recap of some winter driving saving tips.
Before starting out, always clear snow and ice from the windows and lights of your vehicle to increase your visibility and to be seen by others. Don't forget to clean the brake lights too, so drivers behind you will know your intentions.
Accelerate slowly so that the wheels do not spin. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining tracing and avoiding skids. Avoid sudden starts, stops and turns – it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
Drive slower and increase your following distance. The normal, dry pavement following distance of 2-3 seconds should be increased to 7-8 seconds. The posted speed limits are for ideal conditions. On dry pavement, a car doing 20 m.p.h. can stop in 25 feet, but it can take up to 150 feet to stop on an icy road. Slow down! In fact,
Illinois law requires motorists to slow down if a special hazard exists due to weather or road conditions.
Roadway conditions may vary depending on the sun, shade, or roadway surface. Watch for slick spots, especially under bridges, on overpasses, and in shady spots. Be prepared to react physically and mentally.
In rain, snow, or sleet, do not overdrive your headlights. Stay within the limits of your vision. Low beams work better than high beams during snowy or foggy conditions.
Illinois law requires that your headlights be on if you are using your wipers due to inclement weather.
If your car is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), press firmly on the brake pedal. Do not pump the pedal or remove your foot from the brake. You will typically feel the brake pedal "pulse" back against your foot. If your car does not have ABS - for braking under icy or snowy conditions it's best to apply the brakes firmly to a point just short of lock-up, then ease off of the pedal slightly.
Here are some snow-related ordinances for Vernon Hills (although many other cities, towns and village have the same or very similar ones):
According to Village Ordinance, vehicles cannot be parked on Village streets for 12 hours after a snowfall of two inches or more. While this may serve as a minor inconvenience to some residents, it is absolutely necessary to have a free path for our snow plows to clear the streets in a timely fashion.
In addition, it is illegal to plow, shovel, or other wise place snow from your property (i.e. driveway or parking lot) onto any Village street or sidewalk. While we understand sometimes it may mean a little extra work for residents or business owners, the plow drivers don't need to contend with extra snow on the roads.
Good luck and drive safe!