Every year when Winter hits I hear the same warning from my mother; "better make sure you have warm boots and blankets in your car in case you get stranded". Yes, mother dear, boots and blankets are important, but so is knowing this helpful information from the Illinois Tollway.

Yesterday the Illinois Tollway announced that they have officially activated their "Zero Weather Road Patrols" which means around-the-clock road crews are available to assist you if you get stranded on the tollway.

According to the Tollway's press release;

The Illinois Tollway typically operates Zero Weather Road Patrols whenever temperatures or sustained wind chills fall below zero degrees. The 24-hour patrols search for drivers stranded in disabled vehicles and respond to calls that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15.

The Zero Weather Road Patrol trucks are equipped to help motorists with several different issues including battery problems and low fuel, overheated radiators, flat tires, and will help detour other drivers away from stranded vehicles.

To utilize the service just dial *999, and be prepared to give the following information:

  • Name of roadway and which direction you are traveling
  • Closest milepost
  • If reporting an accident, know the number of cars involved, along with the type and color of all cars.

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