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Prepping Vehicles for Winter Storms

April SnowSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Edwin Lomenth couldn’t start his car Thursday afternoon, so he made a call to AAA and he isn’t the only one. It’s very common to have a car battery die when the temperatures drop.

“Batteries: when it is cold, the power in them drops. A lot of times in New England batteries last 305 years because of severe cold and hot drops,” said Peter Ethier, AAA Battery Technician, “Obviously nobody wants to get stuck out in the cold, but there are ways to prepare yourself if this was to happen to you.”

“These are battery chargers so if you kind of know you have a weakened battery overnight you can do this at home,” said Sandra Marsian, VP Membership Marketing for AAA.

Other must have gadgets for winter weather include a snow brush and scraper, a shovel to scoppy away snow if you get stuck, a blanket, flashlight and warning triangles to make your car visible.

“Grip tracks, which are another thing you can put underneath your tire, help your tires get grip onto something other than snow and ice,” said Marsian.

Snow tires are necessary for traction in the snow. Also make sure your windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze and your gas tank is topped off.

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