Cold weather keeping cars from starting Wednesday

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - It's so cold outside, nothing wants to work -- including cars.

Many people woke up Wednesday morning to the dreaded sound of a battery that won't turn over. AAA says they saw about a 20 percent spike in jump starts on Wednesday, and expect it could be even worse tomorrow.

"Usually the first day's OK," said Ed Welsh of AAA. "When we have several days of back-to-back cold weather, that's when batteries really begin to die."

Welsh says garages are good for more than keep you from having to brush off your car after a snowstorm. He says it can be 15 to 20 degrees warmer in your garage than outside, so it's a good idea to pull in when it's this cold out. Welsh also offers a quick tip to back in, in case a jump start is needed in the morning.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has several cold-weather tips:

Make sure you wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight clothing. Trapped air in between the layers will insulate you. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

Always wear a hat. Forty percent for your body heat escapes through your head.

Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.

Keep your pets inside. If you do have to take them out, stay outside with them. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are, too.

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