DAYTON — With freezing temperatures in the forecast for the upcoming weekend, AAA has tips to help keep Miami Valley area drivers on the go.
“Staying on top of routine preventative vehicle maintenance is the key to preventing breakdowns that may leave you stranded,” said AAA Tire & Auto Store Manager, Jason Brown. “The top three areas to check before temperatures drop are tires, battery and coolant.”
For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, you lose one pound of tire pressure. Tire pressure on all tires should be checked monthly, including the spare tire. Proper pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker most often located on the driver-side door jamb.
Batteries loose cranking power when temperatures drop below freezing. The average life of a battery is three to five years. AAA encourages motorists to get their battery tested if it’s older than three years old.
Be sure you have the proper amount of antifreeze in your vehicle. Antifreeze works to prevent engine block freezing. Also, be sure to check your entire cooling system, including hoses, belts, and radiator to make sure it is functioning properly.
AAA Tire & Auto, located at 8381 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, offers free preventative maintenance checks.
Reach AAA by visiting AAA.com or call (937) 281-3560.