WEATHER ALERT: Care for your car in the cold

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Freezing temperatures can have a negative effect on motor vehicles, which is something you need to take into account when heading to work Monday morning.

You see, your car doesn’t like the cold any more than you do. David McKnight, a certified technician with Jim Whaley Tires, said one of the main things people notice is their tire pressure monitor light turns on. 

“About every 10 degrees in ambient temperature you have, it’ll drop or increase a tire pressure about one PSI,” McKnight said. “If it’s 70 degrees one day and then 40 degrees tomorrow morning, you may notice your tire lights come on. Don’t panic; just bring it on by here, and we can check the air pressure of it.”

The last thing many of us want is to be stranded out in the cold with a dead car battery when temperatures start to drop late this weekend. Mcknight said that they usually find a weak battery when the weather changes.

“The heat will actually kill a battery,” McKnight said. “Engines get hot — you know, you 250 degrees inside an engine bay sometimes — and all of a sudden, everything cools off, and this cold weather snaps hits. Well, the reserve compass and the cold cranking amps in there, it’s just not as good as it used to be because all the resistance changes inside the battery.”

Many use their wipers to help remove ice from their windshields. However, McKnight said it’s not a good thing to do. 

“Don’t turn on the windshield wipers because what will happen (is) it’ll rip that blade up,” McKnight said. “There a lot different when it’s cold, and just like anything, it can freeze up as well. Never pour hot water on it because that can crack the windshield; just pour ice cold water over it if you’re in a rush. If not, go and get an ice scraper.”

One Dothan resident said that if there is something wrong with your car, don’t put you, your children, or others in danger. 

“With or without kids, you don’t need to be driving,” Webster Ford said “You could endanger somebody else’s kids, but certainly if you’ve got kids in the car, you absolutely don’t need to be driving. That’s not good for them or anybody else on the road.”

If you do you have to drive somewhere this weekend, make sure you check your tire pressure, battery and windshield wipers.

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