Cold temperatures could cause problems for your car
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
With the cold temperatures rolling in, AAA is working to keep drivers safe.
They estimate 7.8 million people will call for help.
Those calls will vary from a dead battery to a flat tire.
"You want to make sure your battery and your coolant and everything is up to spec, so you have a lot less stress during the winter," said Bob Strothmann, the manager at 1 Stop Auto Shop.
Strothmann said it’s also important to check your tire pressure.
"You want to make sure your tires have enough traction for the snow and the ice and the wet weather," he explained.
Deborah White, a Central Illinois resident works to make sure her car is ready every winter.
"We always do our oil changes, so everything gets checked, we make sure windshield wipers are ready for winter and check the antifreeze," said White.
White said the checkup helps her feel safe.
“Since the weather's changing your tire pressure goes down, you can lose air so it's important," explained White.
Staff at 1 Stop Auto Shop said it’s also important to check the front and back lights of the car, as well as the emergency flashers.
This way if the car breaks down, other people can spot it.