Illinois Tollway launches hot weather patrols

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Illinois Tollway has launched around the clock with hot weather and patrols expected to continue through Thursday.

The Illinois Tollway typically operates Hot Weather Patrols whenever temperatures or heat indexes indicate potentially dangerous conditions for stranded drivers, according to a news release.

The 24-hour patrols search for motor vehicles, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15.

“Protecting our customers is our highest priority, so we have more than one patrol to ensure that we are more quickly finding and assisting any drivers who are stranded along our roads,” Illinois Tollway Interim Executive Director Lanyea Griffin said. “To provide additional protection to our customers and employees, these patrol vehicles are intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

While the Illinois Tollway’s Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (HELP) trucks sponsored by State Farm run from 5 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, with a minimum of 12 Hot Weather Patrols providing additional coverage Illinois State Police patrols.

The Hot Weather Patrols consist of crew cab trucks equipped with arrow boards for directing traffic and servicing passengers and motorists.

Plastic partitions have been installed between COVID-19. The trucks are also stocked with masks, hand sanitizers and gloves for stranded motorists who choose to wait inside the Tollway vehicles or need to move to a safer location.

The Hot Weather Patrols typically assist drivers whose cars or trucks have been disabled by empty tanks, flat tires, batteries needing to boost, or overheated radiators.

Summer Travel Tips

  • Cell phone users should call * 999 motorist assistance for roadway assistance
  • Stranded motorists should help their vehicles until help arrives.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Driving on under-inflated tires can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout, especially when road temperatures are extremely high.
  • Make sure fluids are at appropriate levels. Most engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. Low fluid levels reduce the cooling effect and increase the possibility of overheating.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools and a first aid kit.
  • Drop It and Drive. Using illegal driving in Illinois.
  • Give Them Distance. Drivers are required to slow down and turn over when they have any hazard lights activated.

The Illinois Tollway also reminds customers that oases located along the Tollway system provide drivers with the opportunity to check their vehicles or simply take a break.

The oases provide 7-Eleven stores and fuel stations.

On the Tri-State Tollway (I-94 / I-294 / I-80), there are two oases with over-the-road pavilions at Lake Forest and the Chicago Southland Lincoln in South Holland and 7-Eleven stores and fuel stations at Hinsdale and O’Hare.

There are also oases with pavilions on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in DeKalb and on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Belvidere.

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