AAA: Motorists stranded by more dead batteries in winter than any other season

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(WEHT) – AAA says winter is the most common time for vehicle breakdowns, and there are steps vehicle owners can take to prevent them.

According to AAA, last winter AAA East Central contractors jumpstarted 70,531 batteries and replaced 24,732.

“With the cold upon us and wintry weather in the forecast, make sure your battery is ready for drastic temperature changes,” says Mike Hoshaw, vice president of automotive services at AAA East Central. “Having your battery tested during the fall season may prevent families from being stranded when adverse temperatures hit.”

AAA also released this car care checklist:

• Tire Type and Tread: In areas with heavy winter weather, changing to snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. Testing tire’s tread is easy: insert a quarter into a tread groove with the top of George Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, it’s time to start shopping for new tires.
• Tire Pressure: Typically, tire pressure decreases 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit that the temperature drops, putting owners at risk for a flat tire. The proper tire pressure levels can be found on a sticker located on the driver’s side door jamb. (Don’t forget to check the spare!)
• Wiper Blades: Replace blades that leave streaks or miss spots. In typically snowy areas, consider installing winter wiper blades that wrap the blade in a rubber boot to prevent ice and snow buildup that can prevent good contact with the glass.
• Washer Fluid: Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a cleaning solution that has antifreeze components.
• Coolant Levels: If your engine coolant level is low, add the recommended coolant to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.

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(This story was originally published on January 17, 2020)

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