AAA Asks, Is Your Car Ready for the Deep Freeze?

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (December 28, 2017) – A cold snap is blanketing the Tidewater area this week. When the thermostat reads in the 20”s, the deep freeze can dramatically affect your vehicle. Is your car ready for low temps heading our way? AAA urges motorists to heed these simple tips to prepare for the harsh temperatures.

  • Clean any corrosion from battery posts and cable connections and wash all surfaces with battery terminal cleaner or a solution of baking soda and water. Have the battery checked by a professional to ensure it is strong enough to face cold weather.

  • Have any engine drivability problems corrected at a good repair shop, like a AAA Car Care Center. Symptoms like hard starts, rough idling, stalling or diminished power could signal a problem that would be exacerbated by cold weather.

  • Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. You may want to purchase one-piece beam-type or rubber-clad “winter” blades to fight ice build-up. Use cold-weather windshield washer solvent and carry an ice-scraper.

  • Inspect all lights and replace burned out bulbs. Clean road grime or clouding from all lenses. Remember being visible to oncoming traffic – even in the daytime - is critical to safety.

  • Have a qualified auto technician check the exhaust system for leaks and look for any holes in the trunk and floorboards.

  • Examine tires for tread depth, uneven wearing and cupping. Remember, you need 1/32 of an inch (that is to the top of Washington’s head on a quarter) Check tire pressures once a month when tires are cold, before driving for any distance.

  • Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.

  • Now is the time to get your emergency kit equipped for winter weather. The kit should include: a bag of abrasive material or traction mats, snow shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, window washer solvent, ice scraper with brush, cloth or roll of paper towels, jumper cables, extra warm clothing, blankets, warning devices, drinking water, non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers, first-aid kit, basic toolkit, and a mobile phone and car charger.

    Not sure if your car is ready for the deep freeze?  Call a AAA Car Care Center for a winter checkup for your vehicle at 757-963-1222.

 As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 330,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia.