January 22, 2014
DAYTON — With snow coming down and temperatures plummeting, AAA Roadside Rescue Team members anticipate a substantial increase in the number of drivers experiencing frozen doors. The expected near and below zero temperatures will undoubtedly lead to vehicles that will not start as a result of dead batteries.
AAA Fleet Supervisor, Chris Overpeck, has enacted the Severe Weather Action Plan and the Roadside Rescue Team is gearing up to respond to calls from stranded motorists. In addition to calling for service, Overpeck, says service may also be requested using the free downloadable AAA mobile app.
AAA offers the following tips to drivers:
- To avoid frozen door seals, wipe the seals with a dry cloth to remove moisture and spray with a lubricant like, WD40.
- For frozen door locks, use a hair dryer to heat the key. Drivers can also purchase de-icer products to spray into the lock. Never apply water to frozen locks.
- To prevent fuel line freeze-up, do not let your gas tank fall below the half tank level.
- Drivers should thoroughly remove snow from headlights, tail lights, side mirrors and all windows. Also remove snow from the roof of the vehicle so it doesn’t create a dangerous situation for other drivers.
- Put down the cell phone, drive distraction free
- Remember to “move-over” when you approach emergency response vehicles along the highway. If you cannot move into adjacent lane, slow down.
- Slow down and increase the normal following distance between you and the car in front of you