AAA, MTA Offer Frigid Weather Tips

AAA and the Michigan Towing Association have released a few driving safety tips for use during frigid temperatures. Motorists can help keep their vehicles on the road by heeding the following:

  • Faulty batteries cause more car starting problems than any other factor. At 0 degrees, a battery has 35 percent less starting power than in summer. At minus 20, battery power drops 50 percent. If your battery is more than three years old, have a load test performed by a mechanic.
  • Park your car in the garage. If you have no garage, put a tarp over the hood or park protected from prevailing winds. To keep doors from freezing shut, place a plastic trash bag between the door or window glass and the frame.
  • Keep the fuel tank at least half-full to avoid fuel-line freeze-up.
  • To avoid frozen door locks, buy a lubricant available in most auto supply stores.
  • If you become snowbound, stay with your vehicle. It provides excellent shelter from the cold and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. If you can start your engine, run it only enough to keep warm. Make sure the exhaust pipe is snow-free. Keep emergency supplies in the car, such as a cell phone, boots, hats, gloves, blankets, a "coffee can heater," flashlight, and reflective triangle.

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