Adverse Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County

Poor Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County

An oncoming winter storm is expected to create adverse driving conditions throughout McHenry County as well as the broader Chicago metropolitan area over the next 2-3 days. Wind, snow, ice, and dropping temperatures are forecast.

Given these anticipated adverse driving conditions, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend.” (pdf)

Notable excerpts include:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.


The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to begin this evening across northern and central Illinois, with totals ranging between 2 and 8 inches by Saturday evening. The southern part of the state is expected to see a mix of precipitation with the potential for icing. Gusty winds and low temperatures the remainder of the weekend will create blowing and drifting, reducing visibility to whiteout conditions at times and limiting the effectiveness of salt.

Motorists should expect slick conditions and remain extra cautious at all times.

The media release also offers travel tips for those who must travel. Among the more notable safety tips for adverse driving conditions include:

  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.

On this site, the benefits of wearing a seat belt – and the risks and potential consequences of not wearing a seat belt, should one be in a vehicle accident – are further discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.

Additional Details Regarding These Adverse Driving Conditions

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions for McHenry County and the surrounding areas can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Proper Passenger Restraint Law Regarding Children Under 2 Year Old

Proper Passenger Restraint To Avoid Serious Injuries

Proper passenger restraint remains one of the best ways to avoid potentially serious vehicle accident injuries. This proper passenger restraint can take many forms. One of the best and most effective safety measures a vehicle occupant can take is to wear a seat belt, or for children the use of child safety seats . The benefits of seat belts is further discussed in the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.

A new Illinois law takes effect for 2018 for proper passenger restraint regarding child safety seat usage. The new law is discussed in the article of December 28, 2018 titled “New rear-facing child car seat law goes into effect Tuesday.”

An excerpt from the article:

Children 2 years of age and younger will have to ride in rear-facing car seats when a new Illinois law takes effect Tuesday.

The state’s Child Passenger Protection Act, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 3, mandates a $75 fine for first-time violators with the fine going up to $200 for the second violation.


“There will be lives saved because of this legislation,” said Doug Carlson, chairman of the department of pediatrics and professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

While the law affects children up to age 2, Carlson said parents “should consider keeping them in (car seats) longer as long as they can fit.”

Head and neck injuries, and to some extent chest and abdomen injuries, are lessened when children are in rear-facing seats, he added. That’s because those parts of the body are supported by the hard shell of the car seat allowing it to absorb most of the force.

Additional Details Regarding This Proper Passenger Restraint Law

Additional details regarding this new law regarding proper passenger restraint for children can be seen in the article above as well as the December 31 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Parents Prepare For New Car Seat Law Taking Effect.”