Winter road safety tips

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Dozens of cars were no match for our first week of winter weather. The snow and cold have been keeping drivers on their toes and keeping tow truck drivers busy. 

One tow truck driver, Taylor Feldkamp, says he's gotten about 40 tow calls this week.

"We normally tell people if you're going to drive in the winter to have your hazards on and maintain speed in case you do need to slow down, you're able to do that," Feldkamp says.

And he's seen what happens if you don't. It's what's kept him so busy, especially after Friday's snow storm.

"This morning we had a lot of phone calls for pulling cars out from last night. It's not safe to do pull them out in a snow storm because people can't get over last minute."

He says speed is to blame for many of the accidents -- and he even sees cars zip past him on the interstate when he's towing people for the same reason.

"Today with the roads being clear, they're back up to 60, 70 mph, and there are still slick spots."

And slowing down isn't the only tip that will save you from needing a tow truck.

"Make sure they have a full tank of gas, make sure they have a cell charger, make sure they have something to drink, make sure they drive with their hazards on. Make sure you get all the snow off your car."

But accidents happen. If they do -- Feldkamp says call 911 and remember "cars are replaceable, people are not."


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