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Is your vehicle ready for the cold approaching temps?

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Is your vehicle ready for the cold approaching weather? With cold weather approaching, cold weather could mess with your commute. 

According to AAA, a new analysis shows that one-third of roadside breakdowns could have been prevented with basic vehicle maintenance.

Last year, AAA says it responded to more than 29 million calls for roadside assistance due in large part to battery and tire problems.

AAA offered free preventative maintenance inspections at the Bob Sumeral Tire and Service location on Red Bank Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The free event included free car seat checks, free electric vehicle charging, free refreshments and prizes.

Officials with AAA have offered some help tips to help drivers to stay safe and keep their cars on the go:

  • AAA recommends that motorists make sure they have adequate levels of antifreeze.
  • A strong battery is recommended during single digit and sub-zero temperatures.  
  • Buy lubricant to avoid frozen doors and door locks.  AAA say applying de-icing solution before the colder temperatures arrive is the best way to avoid frozen doors and locks.
  • If possible, avoid using the parking brake in below-freezing weather because it may freeze in the locked position. 
  • Warm up your vehicle before driving.
  • Check tire pressure to prevent a flat tire. AAA says that for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, one pound of tire pressure is lost.
  • If possible, park your car in a garage.  If you cannot park your car in a garage, AAA recommends that you select a place that is protected from wind and park your vehicle so the front grill is turned away front he wind or use a tarp or cardboard across the grill to protect the engine. 
  • AAA recommends that you keep your gas tank at least half full to allow for extra running time to contend with the possible delays while driving.
  • Drivers are advised by AAA to keep to a winter survival kit in your car with following items:
    •  Charged cell phone
    • Blankets and heavy winter clothing
    • Disposable hand and feet warmers
    • Scraper
    • Shovel
    • Flashlight
    • Jumper cables
    • Water 

Drivers can request AAA Emergency Road Service by phone, website and by the AAA mobile app

For more information, visit Ohio.AAA.com.

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