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Protecting your car during the arctic freeze

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WASHINGTON - With arctic air making its way to our region AAA is reminding drivers to prepare their cars before the below zero temperatures reach us.

And with the coldest of the temperatures expected to be here by Tuesday’s morning commute these tips could make the difference in making it to work or not.

Batteries: Cold weather can be extremely hard on car batteries. A car battery can lose about 60 percent of its strength when temperatures reach 0 degrees. In these bitter cold temperatures, starting a car can use up twice as much energy as in normal conditions. And those extra things you plug into your car like iPod, or phone charger, those can drain your car’s battery even faster.

Keys: This may sound like a strange one but lock failure is very common when frigid temperatures arrive. An easy way to remedy this problem is by heating up the end of your key with a match or lighter.

Tires: Cold weather will also cause tires to lose pressure. Driving on under inflated tires can increase the risk of tire blow out.

Gas: Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

Anti-freeze: In correct anti-freeze can cause engine damage that could cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Emergency Road Kit: Winter weather kits, should be kept in your car. These kits should include: a blanket, ice scraper, flares, flashlight, jumper cables, bag of abrasive material (kitty litter), shovel, towels and a fully charged battery.
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