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How to keep your car running in the cold weather

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CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -

When the temperatures drop, the calls for tow trucks rise.

"As it gets colder, we get more and more jump starts, people locking their keys in their cars stuff like that," said tow truck operator for Interstate Towing Rich Bixby.

The cold weather kept him and his team busy Tuesday night as he responded to several calls related to the cold weather.

"Simple preventative maintenance can really go a long way," Bixby said.

There are a few simple ways to prevent incidents like a dead battery or flat tire from happening to you.

  • Check tire pressure, it fluctuates with the temperatures
  • Check battery connections and battery life: a car battery typically lasts three to five years. 
  • Check fluids like oil, anti-freeze and coolant.

"It's all pretty simple, easy stuff to do and it prevents a pretty big headache in the long run," Bixby said.

Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, drivers should expect to see temps in the low single digits. Bixby is expecting a busy morning.

"Yea, 100 percent. We'll be ready for whatever they have to throw at us," he said.

For doors that are so stubborn on those cold mornings, they won't even unlock, buy a can of de-icer, that can be found at an auto store for less than $5.

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