Illinois Tollway deploys extra help for drivers

CHICAGO – The Illinois Tollway is offering assistance to drivers as it gets colder this week.

Officials say their "Zero Weather Road Patrols" will be out during the week when temperatures or wind chills fall below zero. The patrols look for drivers in disabled vehicles.

According to the National Weather Service, lows will hover just above zero in Chicago until Friday.

Illinois Tollway officials say drivers should stay with their vehicle if it breaks down and call motorist assistance at *999, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police.

Officials remind drivers to keep cellphones charged, tires properly inflated and gas tanks at least half full in winter weather. They also suggest keeping a cold weather safety kit in the car that includes gloves, boots, blankets, water and a flashlight.