THORNHILL, ON, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Forecasters are predicting
bone-chilling temperatures will grip southern Ontario over the next few
days. CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) warns that as the mercury
drops, so does your car's battery power.
"The cold and frigid temperatures can drain the power from your
vehicle's battery," said Silvana Aceto, Media & PR Specialist, CAA SCO.
"Before you attempt to start your car, make sure you have turned off
all your accessories including the heater, radio and lights."
The average life of a battery is 3-5 years, but driving conditions,
weather and lack of care can shorten the lifespan of a battery. Here
are some warning signs that your battery may need to be replaced:
Your vehicle cranks slowly when trying to start
You hear a grinding, clicking or buzzing when you turn the ignition on
Your vehicle has previously stalled
Your headlights dim when you are idling but brighten when you rev the
Battery testing is provided for free to CAA members as part of the
allotted roadside assistance calls per membership. CAA's Battery Assist service will also install a new battery on the spot and recycle the old
battery for you. Drivers can also visit a CAA Car Care Centre for a battery test or a complete charging system analysis.
Meanwhile, as the deep freeze sets in, CAA SCO recommends drivers keep
the following items in their vehicle:
Ice scraper and snow brush
Extra clothing and footwear
Blankets and sleeping bags
Fully charged smart phone
Windshield washer fluid
Granola or energy bars
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are
more than 1.9 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and over 5.6
million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're
Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Specialist, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.