Illinois Braces for Thanksgiving Traffic

Illinois braces for busy traffic Thanksgiving weekend.

Illinois braces for busy traffic Thanksgiving weekend.

Illinois Tollway warns drivers to remain calm and allow for extra time when driving on roadways over Thanksgiving weekend.

Beginning today, Wednesday, November 22, the Illinois Tollway projects 9 million vehicles to hit the roads through Monday, November 27. The busiest day will be Wednesday, November 22, when 1.8 million vehicles are expected to travel the roadways. The Illinois Tollway H.E.L.P. Trucks (Highway Emergency Lane Patrol) will be on standby to assist drivers in unexpected situations such as changing tires, battery boosts, adding coolant, dispensing fuel, transporting customers, moving vehicles away from traffic and calling for backup tow truck assistance. Hours have been extended for H.E.L.P. Trucks through Friday, November 24, to provide aid until midnight.

The Illinois Tollway warns drivers to practice safe driving as the Illinois State Police is expected to heavily patrol the highways Thanksgiving weekend. Police are looking for distracted drivers on their cell phones (it’s illegal to use a hand-held device when driving in Illinois) as well as speeders, drivers and passengers in violation of seatbelt laws, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or an illegal substance.

Motorists are encouraged to dial *999 for help on the highway if their incident doesn’t call for the assistance of police or medics.

Illinois Construction Projects: Summer 2017

Summer is a busy season for travelers, and yet, it’s an even busier season for road work/repair/construction. So what’s a road warrior to do? Prepare. Schedule your trips with plenty of time to spare as a result of construction and the usual traffic we experience daily. 

Watch out for these construction projects on Illinois tollways this summer:


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Top FIVE Annoying Driving Habits

Even the best drivers make mistakes behind the wheel.  I’ve narrowed down the top five annoying habits drivers make.  Did I forget any or do you disagree with me?  Comment below!  (I left out the obvious and abhorrent ones like driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol because–duh!– you shouldn’t do that.  EVER!)


  1. Signaling:  the turn signal is there for a reason–USE IT (please) to warn fellow road warriors that you’re turning or changing lanes.  Once you’ve accomplished said turn or lane change, it’s time to turn off the signal.  Don’t be the person driving six miles with their left turn signal blinking.
  2. Distracted Driving:  whether you’re fighting with your girlfriend on the phone, texting your husband, or eating a double bacon cheeseburger, you’re not focusing on the task at hand and that puts YOUR life AND everyone else’s in danger.  Even if you don’t get in an accident, your distracted driving is BAD driving and BAD driving leads to traffic jams.  (For more on Illinois’ distracted driving problem, click here.) Continue reading