Winter weather in Northern Illinois, and throughout the upper-Midwest, can be brutal, to say the least.

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In Illinois the most favored winter month when it comes to the coldest temperatures and snow accumulation is January. And, despite the fact that long-time Illinoisans know what lies ahead, many still forget the rules of winter.

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There are annual winter "rules" that seem to be forgotten. Not all of the winter rules are actual laws, though they should be. There is a law that many people driving around Illinois either do not know or are just ignoring, it's the snow mattress law.

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One of the most important rules pertaining to Illinois is coming further into this article but there are. few "little" things that you just don't do.

  1. You don't drive with your high beams on when it's snowing at night, it's only going to make visibility worse.
  2. You don't drive 100 mph because you have big ole tires on your trucks, those tires won't help on ice.
  3. You don't drive if you're terrified of incement weather. This is especially important if you plan on driving 10 miles an hour.
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Another winter-related rule, though it doesn't involve driving is snow removal. Do not toss the snow on your property onto your neighbor's, that's just rude.

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Perhaps the biggest rule is violating "dibs" on parking spots. Yes, this is a real thing primarily in Chicago. It's not technically illegal, though garbage collectors may toss the item being used to claim a parking space a resident cleared of snow themself.

DO NOT TOUCH THE ITEM(S) BEING USED TO CALL DIBS

Seriously, people will fight someone over removing the item and taking "their" parking spot.

The items used for "dibs" can be anything, literally.

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