(UNDATED) - Vehicles and automotive batteries have become more reliable and maintenance free. So it comes as a shock when old reliable doesn't start on a very cold day.
Greg Seiter with the Hoosier AAA Motor Club says there are some things you can do to prevent problems during the winter.
Make sure you always have at least a half-tank of gas to prevent gas line freeze up.
When temperatures drop, so does your battery's cranking power. A weak battery may not survive the winter and leave you stranded.
Then you should at least have a fully charged cell phone with emergency numbers as part of a safety kit you keep in the car. If you don't routinely use a cell phone, most providers offer minimum use plans.
Other items to carry include snow removal tools, tire traction material like sand or kitty litter, a flashlight, additional winter clothing and snack food.
Seiter says when driving at night, be aware of "black ice" on the road. It can deceive you into thinking a slick and hazardous road is safe and dry.
If you do begin to slide on ice or snow, don't panic. Take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want to go.
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