With temperatures dropping, the Illinois Department of Transportation says it's ready for the winter driving season.
One of the major concerns expressed by officials on Monday (11/10) is the higher cost of road salt this year.
In a typical winter, the six-county Chicago area uses about 150 thousand tons of salt. Officials are hoping things won't be as bad as last winter when more than 300 thousand tons were used.
The key will be conservation and trying to find new ways to clear the roads. Officials also advise drivers to slow down during the winter season. They also suggest increasing the distance between cars.