Illinois residents who are concerned about winter driving should consider several tips that could make travel safer. Preparing a vehicle for winter and checking the weather ahead of time are both important safety measures.

Being aware of a vehicle’s technology is another way to make winter driving safer. For example, many new vehicles come with traction control. This feature makes it less likely for a vehicle on icy, wet or snowy surfaces to slip and lose control. Traction control is especially useful when accelerating from a stopped position or when a vehicle needs to climb an icy hill. A National Safety Council campaign called “My Car Does What?” helps educate drivers on new technologies such as traction control.

Checking the weather prior to travel is another way to ensure safe winter driving. If a storm is on the way, waiting it out is always better than trying to beat it. When travel is unavoidable, sharing the route with someone can make the situation safer as they will know where the car is if it ends up going off the road. If a car does become stranded, the occupants should not leave it. Instead, they should try to signal help from another vehicle via a bright cloth in the window.

A car should also be prepared for winter. For example, one could have a mechanic look over the ignition, brakes, battery, antifreeze level and tire wear. These are just a few things that might need a tune-up before winter.

In the event of a personal injury as a result of a winter accident, an attorney could help the victim seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages if another driver is found at fault. Compensation may also cover medical expenses and transportation to and from physical therapy.