Car batteries, tires take a toll in Kansas City's cold weather - KCTV5

Car batteries, tires take a toll in Kansas City's cold weather

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In this intense cold, roadside rescue crews have been swamped with stranded drivers.

Triple A Missouri says it has seen at least three times the usual number of calls in the past week.

The number one problem, they say, is the battery.

“I’m getting almost a week’s worth of shifts in one day," said Skip Striplin, AAA Fleet Technician. 

Normally, he runs about one call an hour. He was only 10 hours into his day when KCTV5 met with him on Wednesday.

With batteries, the cold does a double whammy, sapping them of power in conditions where it takes more power to crank the engine.

Striplin recommends to get them tested and don't let them get too old or corroded. 

Also, be sure your car is stocked with a blanket, plus some warm outer layers to bundle up in.

The second biggest problem, Striplin says, are tires. 

The cold makes the tire pressure go down and if you don't get them up to the right level, a flat or blowout is possible. 

“When you’re driving on it, it starts to cut the sidewall in it from the low tire pressure and that’s what creates the blowout," he said. “Or if you hit a pothole or a curb, there’s not enough air in between so it goes down and hits the rim." 

When the battery dies in the cold, it's often beyond a jump and a replacement is needed. 

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