Experts offer motorists tips for frigid weather

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Drivers will be facing a cold commute Monday, with morning temperatures right around zero degrees.

For people who may have stayed inside all weekend, the start to the work week is coming, and it’s going to be a cold one.

Resident Angel Santiago is taking extra precautions to make sure he makes it to work Monday morning.

“I probably won’t sleep. I’ll probably come outside every two hours, probably. Turn it on, at least. Keep it warm, I guess,” said Santiago.

While he goes out to start his car every two hours, Utsinger’s Towing has other tips to keep your car running during this brutal cold snap.

“That would be very important to make sure that you do have some kind of fuel additive maybe in your gas,” said Mary Utsinger of Utsinger’s Towing in Boardman.

In addition, Utsinger recommends additional things to keep your car running.

“I would make sure that your battery is up to par, your tires are at the right PSI, your windshield washer fluid is full, and your tank is probably over half a tank, to make sure you don’t get any fuel line freeze-up,” said Utsinger.

It’s advice that people are taking to heart as they prepare for a chilly Monday morning.

“I’d rather have it working tomorrow for sure than to not be sure, wake up, and then have to go to work and be all, ‘Oh, it don’t start!'” said one resident.

Utsinger also recommended that motorists not use cruise control. She said the number one cause of winter accidents she sees are from drivers speeding, or not leaving enough room for the car in front of them.

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