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Tips to keep your car running in the cold

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Buffalo: Tips to keep your car running in the cold
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WESTERN NEW YORK -- Dispatchers at the AAA fleet garage in Cheektowaga have kept busy this week. They've responded to mostly to weather-related issues and at all times of the day.

Tuesday alone, AAA says technicians responded to nearly 900 calls in Western New York. That was a 40% increase from a normal day. Most of the calls were for dead batteries.

AAA technician Dave Hahn responded to a dead battery call right away Wednesday morning. After a quick jump, the car was running again but the battery will most likely have to be replaced.

The average life of a car battery is three to 5 years and in cold you may have a hard time starting your car.

"You might need to get it replaced," Steve Pacer with AAA of Western & Central New York. "If you think it may be time and you've gotten past the last few days it might be smart to get it tested because you don't want to be in the predicament."

AAA also recommends keeping all car fluids topped off and have plenty of gas.

"You never know what you're going to run into," Pacer said. " I think a lot of people don't realize that their gas tank should be at least half full because that will help your car start and if you get stuck somewhere you can possibly keep it running to keep warm."

Some other tips; Keep an emergency kit in your car with items like a blanket, cell phone charger, jumper cables, and more.

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