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Never mind the car wash, is the inside of your car ready for winter weather?

Blankets: CDC provides an emergency checklist for items that should be in your car. Do you have these items? (Source: http://1.usa.gov/MrNqrc)
Blankets: CDC provides an emergency checklist for items that should be in your car. Do you have these items? (Source: http://1.usa.gov/MrNqrc)(Shamontiel L. Vaughn)

In some parts of Illinois, the amount of snow that's fallen so far is more than an entire winter season, according to the National Weather Service. In places like Hoopeston, there has been as much as 30.7 inches of snow as of Jan. 27. Chicago has had three major snowstorms this month, including the past one this Sun., Jan. 26, and two others with windchill factors as low as 37 degrees below zero.

And when there are breaks between snow, car owners line up to get their cars washed. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recommends car owners wash their car as much as possible during the winter season to avoid rust from salt damage.

But while car owners may be paying attention to the snow outside and the exterior of their cars, are the same owners making sure their car is prepared for winter emergencies should drivers end up stuck on the road? The 2011 Lake Shore Drive debacle was a prime example of Chicagoans being stuck on the road for hours. Check out the checklist above to make sure the inside of a car is winter ready, too.

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