Low Temperatures Leading to More Car Problems

HARRISONBURG - The cold temperatures people in the Valley have been dealing with all week are causing plenty of problems for cars.

KAR Towing in Harrisonburg normally has around one to two calls a day for dead car batteries, however, this week workers say they've had between 15 to 20.

Keith Teter, who owns KAR Towing, says his company has been flooded with calls this week.

When it gets cold outside he says it can take more power out of car batteries to do simple things.

Starting your car, for example, can take a toll.

Over time in the winter, batteries can get drained.

Also, fuel lines in cars can be susceptible to problems in the cold.

According to Teter, all it takes is a small amount of water to get inside the line to cause freezing.

"That could leave you sitting on the side of the road. The only cure for it is to turn in to a warm shop and let it sit for an hour," he explained. "You want to make sure you have additive (gas line anti-freeze) added to your fuel. Make sure you have a can of that in extreme cold, especially when its below 20."

Simple precautions can be taken to avoid being stuck on the side of the road or your driveway in the winter.

Teter says making sure to have gas line anti-freeze, for one, could end up saving drivers hundreds of dollars down the road.

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