Precautions To Avoid Break-Downs In Cold
With snow dusting roads and record setting below zero windchill temps operators at Asheville's AAA on North Merrimon are getting calls.
"Thank you for calling Triple A, may I help you," said an operator at the office as she answered another call.
"We have seen an increase in our time to calls," said Nancy O'Neil who said during winter weather events stranded drivers may have to wait from twenty minutes up to an hour for emergency roadside service.
The office has several different kinds of emergency roadside service kits that sell for around fifty dollars. They include jumper cables and other emergency tools that can help if a car breaks down.
Asheville city Schools and Buncombe county schools are closed on Tuesday due to the forecast record setting low temperatures for Tuesday morning.
While the students stay home many parents will head to jobs. Checking the tire pressure and going into a mechanic to have a battery test can assure a driver that the battery will work in cold weather.
Jimmy's automotive in Weaverville provides a free battery check for anyone who comes in and asks for help.
Anti-freeze is also important when temps fall.
"If the antifreeze is not properly adjusted it can cause your hoses to bust," said Bryan White, a manager at Jimmy's Automotive.
Tires often lose air pressure in cold temperatures. Cars will have proper air pressure levels typically listed on the inside panel on the driver's side door.
By Kimberly King
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