Frigid temperatures can lead to car troubles

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Temperatures were the coldest they’ve been all season. Many Western Massachusetts residence woke up to find their car battery was dead.

Red’s Towing in West Springfield went to more than 60 calls Thursday morning, starting at 6 a.m. 
Most calls were for cold weather related issues, like dead batteries and flat tires. 

Ben Scott Operations Manager at Red’s Towing told 22News, “If you got an older battery chances are it’s just not going to start. It’s been our morning so far. Running solid about 60 calls so far today and I’m sure many more to come.”

In cold temperatures car engines need twice as much power to start. According to AAA, when it’s zero degrees car batteries are 60 percent weaker.

Thursday morning many people experienced how the cold weather affected their cars. One man got to  work early so he could warm up his vehicle in anticipation of the cold weather causing issues. 

John Loftus said, “These take forever to warm up they didn’t warm up hardly at all today usually it’s really good it warms right up fine but not today.”

Red’s Towing suggests to keep up with servicing your vehicle to avoid car troubles in the cold. It’s also important to keep tires fully inflated because the cold weather makes the pressure go down and could lead to flat tires. 

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