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Keeping your vehicle, home safe in frigid temps

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Automotive experts warn to take extra care of your vehicle during extreme cold weather. (FOX19 NOW file) Automotive experts warn to take extra care of your vehicle during extreme cold weather. (FOX19 NOW file)
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As cold air invades the Tri-State and snow bears down on parts of the area, it's important to keep your home and vehicle safe. Below are ways you can stay warm and save money in the process. 

Taking the following simple steps will protect your home from frigid temperatures.

  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. That will draw the cool air from the floor up to the ceiling and make the room feel warmer. 
  • Spend roughly $15 - $20 to replace your furnace filter every month. A dirty filter causes your furnace to become less efficient and will drive up your utility bill. 
  • Pick up a water heater insulating blanket for about $20 will lower your water bill and keep temperatures high.

If you live in the city of Cincinnati and your road still needs treated, you can report it by calling 513-591-6000 or visit www.5916000.com or www.cincinnati-oh.gov.

AAA is urging motorists to make sure their vehicles are ready for the extreme cold. 

Check for Battery Warning Signs:

Average life of a battery is 3-5 years, but driving conditions, climate and lack of care can shorten a battery's lifespan.

Here are some warning signs that your car may be at risk for a battery-related breakdown: Your vehicle cranks slowly when trying to start, you hear grinding, clicking or buzzing when you turn the ignition on, your vehicle has a stalled, your headlights are dim when you are idle but brighten when you rev the engine.

Keep an Eye on Your Tires:

Cold weather can reduce tire pressure. Check the tires frequently and maintain the vehicle manufacture's recommended pressure found on the driver's door jamb. 

Motorists should never reduce tire pressure in an attempt to increase traction on snow and ice, according to AAA.

Frozen Locks:

To help prevent icing, use silicone or graphite spray, sprayed into the lock. If the lock is already frozen, carefully warm up the key. AAA does not recommend pouring hot water into or around the door lock because the water will freeze.

EV Cold-Weather Range Anxiety:

Electric vehicle's range may be reduced in cold conditions. The cold limits battery performance and running the heater drains the battery.

Carry an Emergency Roadside Kit:

Motorists should carry an emergency roadside kit with the following: Fully-charged mobile phone and car charger, blankets, flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit, drinking water and snacks, small shovel and sack of sand, windshield scraper and brush, battery booster cables and emergency flares or reflectors.

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