By: Christine Souders
With more snow and cold weather in the forecast, driving can be hazardous.
Here's what you can do to avoid an accident or ending up in a ditch.
Police said its better safe than sorry when driving faster speed limits on highways and interstates in snowy and icy conditions.
Drivers we talked to said they are taking extra precautions.
"You have confidence in your own driving abilities, but you don't know about the person next to you or behind you," said Debbie Swanberg.
"There's patches of ice you can't see, so you have to be careful," said Justin Baird.
Police said defensive driving is a must when you are moving faster in the lanes.
"Hitting your brakes on the interstate and coming to a sudden stop is actually more dangerous position to be in then decelerating, and eventually getting off the side of the road," said Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd.
He added allow yourself extra space between you and the next driver.
Instead of a three second distance behind a vehicle, allowing at least five seconds can make a difference.
"That gives you at 65 miles an hour or faster the ability to safely stop or come to a stop without causing accident or being part of one yourself," Boyd said.
Also, be careful slowing down when approaching on and off ramps
"Many times it'll go from a 65 to 55 down to 30, well when the pavements dry you can maybe take the ramp 40 to 45, but when the pavements wet, adverse conditions potentially slick, that could put you in a ditch."
What about when you're next to a semi?
"If you can safely get around without exceeding the speed limit than do so, otherwise give yourself space, or if it stresses you out enough pull over and wait."
Police said if you do end up in a ditch, or an accident, make sure you have extra clothes, blankets, and a flashlight in your car.
Also, have emergency numbers already programmed into your phone to call for help.
And how about driving in town?
When it's below 32 degrees, salting the roads aren't as effective.
It's recommended you give yourself extra time to get where you're going.
If you're being cautious, but another driver is being reckless; police said create some distance between you and them.
We've added some tips for preparing before you head out on the roads online as a 'web extra'.