SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - AAA Auto Club South is reminding motoritst to make sure their vehicles are ready for winter travel before setting out on the road.
They report that last year, they received more than 96,000 roadside service calls between December 23 and January 5. Almost 21,000 were battery related, which was an 87 percent increase from 2008.
"Colder than normal weather can really put a strain on a vehicle's battery and other operating systems, especially a vehicle that is not properly maintained," said AAA Automotice Repair Director Pete Candela in a news release. "A battery that started easily in the summer may not have enough oomph to start the vehicle in cold weather. In winter, the engine is harder to start, because the oil isn't as ‘fluid' as it is in July."
AAA Auto Club South has offered some tips to help you make sure your vehicle is winter ready:
AAA also offers a free 24-point inspection for members at partipating auto repair facilities. To one near you, visit www.AAA.com/Repair.
They also recommend keeping the following items in your vehicle during winter months:
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