Safety Tips and Resource Links
- Illinois Rules of the Road
- Guidance for teen drivers
- Instructions for driver license and license-plate renewals
- New laws and changes in laws
- Best practices in safe driving
- Videos for raising awareness and improving driving habits (for visual learners).
Road-Trip Safety During COVID-19
We encourage all drivers to anticipate risks associated with COVID-19 before hitting the highway. Review the following recommendations about planning for a safe road trip this fall.
Before You Go
- Plan your route.
- Research the destination—and the spots along the way—to ensure there isn’t a “hot spot” where you’re headed.
- Plan the safety precautions you will take, such as:
- Wearing masks
- Maintaining 6 ft. distance between people
- Limiting eating or time indoors with other people, such as at rest areas and restaurants
- Check whether you will have to quarantine upon arrival to your destination or at home upon return from traveling. Communicate that to family, employer, and coworkers accordingly.
- Pack the following:
- Sanitizers for hands and surfaces
- Disposable gloves
- Sealable, disposable plastic bags
- Water and snacks to minimize stops along the way
During Your Trip
- Wear disposable gloves when pumping gas instead of wiping down handle and nozzle; dispose gloves after pumping and before getting back into your vehicle.
- Pay with credit cards instead of cash to remove face-to-face interactions.
- Use a paper towel to protect hands when exiting a rest area.
- Call ahead to dine-in restaurants to ensure there’s space due to restricted seating.
- Call ahead to hotels to confirm reservation and learn their approach to sanitization and social distancing.
- Use your own sanitizer to safely use high-touch areas in a hotel room, such as TV remote and doorknobs.
- AARP Travel Tips for Road Trip Safety During Coronavirus Outbreak
- AAA COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Interactive Map
Driving in Bloomington-Normal
Bloomington-Normal is a railroad town, and we must take care crossing tracks. As a driver:
- Expect a train at any time in either direction, regardless of time of day or day of week.
- Never race a train to the crossing.
- If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before proceeding across the tracks.
- Do not drive around lowered gates. It’s illegal and deadly.
- If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train.