Each winter, Chicagoans face plunging temperatures, subzero wind chills, and blustery conditions which could lead to dangerous road conditions.
State and federal agencies encourage people to minimize travel in extreme weather conditions, but if driving is necessary, they advise you to do so during the day, on main roads if possible, and to inform others of where you are going. Don't forget to keep your cell phone charged, and throw an extra cell phone charger into your car.
It's also important to make sure that your spare tire is in good condition and you have the proper tools to change it if necessary. But there are other emergency items you should include, especially during the cold winter months. Here is ready.gov’s list of items to update your vehicle’s emergency kit:
1. Shovel, windshield scraper, and small broom
2. Flashlight, matches
3. Battery powered radio and extra batteries
4. Water and snack food
5. First aid kit with pocket knife
6. Extra hats, socks, mittens, and blankets
7. Tow chain, rope, and booster cables
8. Road salt and sand
9. Necessary medications
10. Emergency flares, fluorescent distress flag