With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, residents are reminded to consider how the winter weather affects driving conditions. Snow, sleet or ice on the roadways can cause seen, or unseen dangers throughout the Village. A majority of the time, traveling is unavoidable due to work, school, and other responsibilities that go along with daily life. What we can control is how to approach driving differently when conditions are not optimal due to the cold and/or precipitation.
Safety reminders include:
Clear snow and ice from the windows and lights of your vehicle to increase your visibility, and to be seen by others. Be sure to clean brake lights so drivers behind you are aware of your intentions.
Accelerate slowly so wheels do not spin. Avoid sudden starts, stops and turns.
Drive slower than the speed limit, and increase your following distance-keep in mind that posted speed limits are for ideal conditions. On dry pavement, a car doing 20 mph can stop in 25 feet, but it can take up to 150 feet to stop on an icy road.
Be aware that roadway conditions can vary depending on the sun, shade or type of surface. Watch for slick spots, especially under bridges, on overpasses and in shaded areas. Be prepared to react quickly, both 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.
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, apply brakes firmly, to a point just short of lock-up, then ease off the pedal slightly.
Illinois law requires motorists to slow down if a special hazard exists due to weather or road conditions, and that headlights be on if you are using window wipers during inclement weather.
The Village of Buffalo Grove has specific ordinances relating to snow removal and parking on village streets after snowfall. When there is snowfall of 2” or more, vehicles are required to be removed from the streets until snow removal operations are completed.
As always—please have everyone in the car buckle-up, every time.