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).
Summer Driving Tips
Ensure a trouble-free summer driving experience with these simple preventative maintenance steps.
On Your Own
- Check all tires' air pressure, including the spare. Inspect tires for cracking or any lodged objects, such as a nail.
- Ensure you’re familiar with the location of the jack, lug wrench, and any other tools needed for a tire change. All information is located in the vehicle owner’s manual.
- Test wiper blades and fill windshield washer fluid.
- Inspect all vehicle lighting.
- Headlights, tail lights, turn signals, and the rear registration plate light (license plate light).
- Ensure the registration sticker on your license plate is up-to-date.
- Find your vehicle insurance card: Do you have the updated one in the vehicle? Is it located somewhere that can be easily found if needed?
- Create and keep an emergency kit in the vehicle, including:
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Water and non-perishable food (ex: granola bars, trail mix, etc.)
- Paper towels
- Cell phone charger
With Help From a Mechanic, If Needed
- Check air conditioning and test for the proper amount of refrigerant. Add more as needed.
- Check the vehicle’s coolant and test for the proper antifreeze to water ratio.
- Inspect belts and hoses.
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.