Freezing temperatures: How to keep your car going

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 1:36pm

Freezing temperatures can take a toll on your car when it gets cold--like it will be overnight.

The best thing you can do for your car is to park it in a garage...but what if you don't have one?

J.R. Baldridge with Fairway Auto in Tyler says there is another way to keep the cold away from the radiator: park the front of your car facing south out of the north winds.

He also says when you wake up Wednesday morning, your car battery may be dead. If this happens, he says to call a friend and have them jump start you or wait until temperatures warm up. Do not try to crank your car repeatedly or it will drain your battery even more.

You may also wake up to find a flat tire because the air pressure gets lower in the cold. Officials warn to check your air pressure in your tires, especially if you have a low one.

They say another tip is to make sure you have enough antifreeze in your radiator. Baldridge says putting antifreeze in your car may prevent expensive damage to it in this weather.

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