Special patrols help Chicago-area drivers stay safe on cold roads

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The Illinois tollway is launching special patrols on the road to help stranded drivers in these cold temperatures.

The tollway has help trucks on the road year round, but when temperatures get down into the teens and below zero with wind chill, they also deploy 24-hour zero weather patrols.

There are at least 12 of these patrols on the tollway system at all times. They say if you’re stranded, call *999 and they’ll be there to help.

The tollway has some tips to help prevent you from getting in this situation:

Make sure your gas tank is always at atleast 2/3 full

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.

If you see crews off to the shoulder assisting someone, pull over to give them space.