Keeping cars warm in freezing cold temps

By KBJR News 1

January 5, 2014 Updated Jan 5, 2014 at 11:16 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)

Sub–zero temperatures have given many Northlanders a nasty surprise in the morning, a dead car battery.

If your vehicle is struggling to start, shut off unnecessary accessories such as lights and the radio.

When possible, plug your vehicle in and park in a heated structure, but avoid using a portable heater to warm the engine to avoid the risk of fire.

If your battery does die, a jump from another vehicle should fix the problem, something some Northlanders have learned the hard way.

"I came outside the other day and it was below zero and my car wouldn't start so I had to have someone come help and give me a jump. Ever since then I've been plugging it in and it's been starting," says delivery driver Joe Warttman.

As a precaution, drivers should always carry emergency supplies, including warm clothes, a light and tool kit.

gware@kbjr.com

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