With cold winter weather here, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is reminding Lawrence County and other area residents to be prepared for bad road conditions.  IDOT officials say the key thing when traveling in bad weather is to slow down and be alert. If you must travel in inclement weather, be prepared by checking your vehicle to make sure it is in good running condition, wear warm clothing, carry an emergency kit, have a fully charged and functional cellphone and keep people informed as to your travel plans.