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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – With the Great Lakes state still in the grips of bitter cold weather, the Auto Club of Michigan is asking motorists to use common sense and keep their vehicles properly maintained.
According to Triple-A Michigan, the bitter cold typically leads to increased calls of stranded motorists, but Auto Club spokeswoman Nancy Cain says most of those calls could be avoided if drivers prepare for cold weather problems.
Cain says most of the help calls deal with failed batteries. She says at zero-degrees a good battery has 35 percent less starting power, so if you don’t have a good battery you will have more problems. She says motorists should keep their gas tanks at least half full in the bitter cold, since moisture can build up and cause fuel lines to freeze.
Cain also says drivers need a winter emergency kit if they are stranded, including a blanket, boots, hat, gloves, shovel, cellphone and a flashlight.
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