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With this week’s frigid forecast calling for temperatures to dip into the single digits and below, AAA Michigan has issued a statewide Arctic Air Alert.
Taking wind-chill factors into account, temperatures are expected to drop below zero in the coming days. Extremely cold temperatures can wreak havoc on vehicle functionality.
AAA offers the following FIVE FRIGID WEATHER FAST FACTS to help motorist keep their vehicles road-ready:
1. Have battery and charging system tested to ensure they are fully charged and in good condition.
2. Keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
3. Use windshield washer fluid with a winter solvent that won’t freeze.
4. Make sure the engine coolant provides anti-freeze protection down to the lowest temperatures you are likely to encounter; -30oF/-34oC is a good guideline.
5. Park vehicles in a garage. If you have no garage, put a tarp over the hood or park protected from prevailing winds. To keep doors from freezing shut, place a plastic trash bag between the door or window glass and the frame.
During cold snaps, calls for dead batteries and other service-related needs across the state are expected to jump. AAA offers these additional reminders:
· Always travel with a cell phone and car charger.
· AAA recommends that if motorists become stranded, it is best to stay with the vehicle. If the engine can be started, run it only long enough to keep warm. Make sure the exhaust pipe is snow-free.
· Road service requests can be submitted online at www.aaa.com, through the AAA mobile app or by calling 800.AAA-MICH.
· Additional winter weather driving tips are available in AAA’s How to Go on Ice and Snow booklet, which can be downloaded at: http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/How-To-Go-On-Ice-and-Snow.pdf