Cold weather can mean chaos for your car

The cold weather is taking a toll on cars right now.

Little problems can double because of the Arctic air, but there are some simple things you can do to avoid running into trouble on the road.

“If you’re radiator freezes up, it’s going to cause some major issues.”

That is just one of the problems repairmen at places like AAA in Beavercreek are seeing with freezing temperatures lingering across the Miami Valley.

“We’ve been very busy. I would say probably this week we’ve had 30 tows or so from AAA alone, just unexpected, non-scheduled maintenance things or catastrophic failures,” said Josh Baldwin, Assistant Manager, AAA Automotive Service Repair.

That’s not including more than 500 calls AAA has received since midnight for roadside services and they’re still making repairs.

Here are some simple recommendations to help you avoid getting stuck out in the cold:

Keep an eye on your tire pressure. You can find that information in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s door.

Make sure you’re using winter washer fluid for your windshield. It’ll help keep your view clear.

Check your battery when you can.

Anything that’s been needing replaced is getting pushed to the limit in the freezing temperatures.

“That’s just minor things people can do themselves. It only takes a couple minutes in the evening. You get home from work, just make sure everything is okay.”

If your car does break down on the road, be sure to have some extra gear to keep you warm.

Road crews say this season has been extremely busy and the wait for help could be lengthy.

“Realistically, three to four hours for a tow is what we’re looking at right now. Sometimes even longer depending on the time of day the callers are calling in.”

Another thing you can do to help keep your car doors, spray some WD-40 in the liner where condensation might build up to keep it from from freezing shut. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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