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Illinois officials urge preparation for winter driving

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

Illinois state officials are urging motorists to gear up for winter.
    
The "Winter Weather - Get it Together" campaign is backed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, state Police and the Tollway.
    
The message is wear a seat belt, slow down, and putting down the hand-held device while driving.
    
Officials suggest avoiding cruise control in snow and ice, giving snowplows a wide berth, and using extra caution on potentially icy intersections, ramps, and bridges.
    
Always carry an emergency car-care kit with jumper cables, flares, blankets and non-perishable food.
    
And motorists should move over for stopped emergency vehicles, carry a cellphone and charger, and best advice of all - stay home in bad weather unless absolutely necessary.

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