Cold weather hitting car batteries hard

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Temperatures are dropping into the negatives Wednesday into Thursday. If you don’t park in a garage, the cold could kill your car battery. 

In brutal winter weather, your car can take a beating.

Jeffrey Lyle, of Avon, Connecticut said, “I had a snow squall on the way back down. I have snow tires, I like them a lot. Been on some snowy roads and they haven’t been slipping that much. One time my car didn’t want to start.”

Wind chills ranging from negative ten to negative thirty degrees are expected Wednesday into Thursday. According to AAA, at zero degrees, a car battery loses about 60% of it’s strength. The cold combined with weak batteries results in roadside assistance calls. 

When temperatures drop this low, AAA encourages you to request assistance online or through their mobile app, because they’re overwhelmed with dead-battery calls.

Sandra Marsian, Vice President at AAA of the Pioneer Valley, told 22News, “When we have these kind of temperatures, our call center can get extremely busy, and sometimes can’t handle the calls. We have 200,000 members in the pioneer valley, if everyone calls us at the same time it can be difficult.”

Batteries keep their strength for three to five years. If your engine turns over slowly, or your headlights dim when you start your car, it may be a sign your battery is near the end of its useful life.

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