The Iowa Department of Transportation reminds travelers to be safe when driving in frigid temperatures. Thursday's temps are expected to stay in the single-digits.
It says a mechanical breakdown or sliding off the road can be extremely dangerous when the temperatures plummet. Now is the time to put emergency supplies in the vehicle.
Even the most basic of supplies carried in a vehicle can help a person survive. Those items include coat, hat, boots, blanket, water and a phone to call for help. Don't forget to have enough supplies for everyone in the vehicle.
The most important thing to remember if you have a breakdown or accident is to never leave your vehicle, even when it seems like a long time has passed. Your vehicle provides shelter, protects you from being struck by other vehicles and allows emergency personnel to find you.