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Police urge drivers to be prepared for wintry conditions

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Local police say now is the time to prepare for driving in the snow. They say if you aren't ready, winter driving can be extremely dangerous.

"I ended up in a ditch," Alan Knepler said. Knepler is all too familiar with Tri-State winter weather and he doesn't want to find himself in it again.

"The snow bank, it stopped me, but it can happen really fast," Knepler said.

More winter weather is on the way Friday afternoon or evening.  So, take it from Knepler, you need to be careful.

"It's that next driver you've got to worry about," Quincy driver Gregory Friday said.  Friday says he too, is always on the lookout during winter weather.
"I try to drive slow.  I go about 5 miles under the speed limit," Friday said. "I keep a full car length between me and the other vehicles."
But Quincy Police Officer Dave Ludwig says not all drivers take those same precautions.

"I think sometimes people are a little over confident in thinking the roads aren't slick."

Ludwig says if you get caught in a slippery situation and begin to lose control of your car, let off the gas and turn your wheel in the same direction you're fishtailing. Also, Ludwig says make sure to keep the snow off your head and tail lights and your windshield.

"A lot of times we'll see people pull away from their driveways and curbs and their windshield won't be completely clear which makes their vision a little more difficult," Ludwig said.

But the biggest thing Ludwig says drivers can do, "Avoid locking up your breaks, tap your breaks if possible.  Don't panic, because when you panic sometimes you tend to do things you normally wouldn't do."

Another thing Ludwig says if you are to get in an accident, make sure you have your insurance card in your car. He says about a 1/4 of the people he deals with in accidents don't have that. He says if you keep the card in your car, it'll just help the process move faster if you were to get in an accident.
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