Winter travel

Prepare for Winter Travel With These Items

Here is a list of items you should have in your car to keep you safe on the road all winter

Drivers make their way along slick and snowy roads
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When the weather gets rough, so does the driving.

If you have to go out on the roads during inclement weather, you'll want to be prepared.

The Illinois Department of Transportation suggests keeping these items in your car to keep you prepared for any emergency.

  1. Jumper cables
  2. Flares or reflectors
  3. Windshield washer fluid
  4. A small ice scraper
  5. Traction material
  6. Blankets
  7. Non-perishable food and water
  8. First-aid kit
  9. A cell phone and charger

This winter, IDOT has more than 1,700 trucks available for deployment to plow almost 16,000 miles of roads statewide, the equivalent of driving from Springfield to the tip of South America and back. Last year, IDOT spread almost 305,000 tons of salt.

Drivers are also able to check GettingAroundIllinois.com for updated information on winter road conditions, weather radars and road closures in order to stay safe driving this winter.

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