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The holidays are delightful, but the winter weather in Illinois can be frightful. Luckily, there are several things area drivers can do to stay safe on snowy and icy roads, according to traffic safety experts.

First of all, people should avoid driving in winter weather whenever possible. If leaving the house during a storm isn't absolutely necessary, they should stay home and wait it out. However, if they must go out, drivers should remember to slow down and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the one in front of them. They should also gently accelerate and brake to avoid skidding on slippery roads.

If possible, drivers should avoid coming to a full stop at traffic lights. Instead, they should slow down as they approach a red light to see if it will turn green before they get there. This can help prevent the car from losing traction as it attempts to accelerate from a full stop. Safety experts also say that drivers should use a slow, steady speed when climbing slippery hills and inclines. Hitting the gas too hard could cause the vehicle's wheels to spin and increase the risk of a slide. Finally, drivers should always remain alert and attentive while operating a vehicle in inclement weather. Distracted driving on slick roads could cause a serious collision.

Illinois residents who are injured in car accidents caused by another driver might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their losses. An attorney might be able to gather police reports and other evidence showing that the other party was responsible for the crash. This could result in a financial settlement that pays an injured victim's medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related damages.

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