42°F
Sponsored by

Caring for your car in the cold

If you have to go out and brave the bitter cold, you better make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the harsh conditions
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - If you have to go out and brave the bitter cold, you better make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the harsh conditions.

Winter weather always brings in business at Holschuh Collision Center. But this bitter cold is causing even more concern from customers.

"One of the biggest things we see is that people tell us their vehicle turns over slowly," said manager Paul Kapla. "It's going to turn over slowly in this weather."

Kapla said it's usually the battery. In these frigid temperatures, a car battery only gets about half its normal power until it's able to warm up.

"The biggest thing is having a somewhat new battery and also making sure the terminals are clean," he explained.

To combat freezing lines, Kapla also recommends having at least a half tank of gas at all times and also clean oil and anti-freeze.

Officials also recommend having a cell phone charger vehicle at all times. Just like your car battery, your phone battery will also die a lot faster in these extreme cold conditions.

It's just plain dangerous," said Capt. Randy Schultz, Brown Co. Sheriff's Office. "You can't take the chance of even sliding in the ditch or your car breaking down for a few moments. If you're not prepared, it's literally life-threatening dangerous when it's this blasted cold."

That's why the Sheriff's Office urges all drivers to keep a winter safety kit.

"Blankets or heavy jackets or sleeping bags," said Capt. Schultz. "Something to signal that you do need help. Most of all, just things you need to stay warm  and to get help there."

Officials also recommend starting up your vehicle and letting it run for a few minutes before you drive it.

Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus
Find more Local News Feeds here:
facebook.pngtwittericon.pngrss-icon.png