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Car Preps for Cold Weather

COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- If you plan on driving, freezing temperatures could cause your car problems. That's why drivers and businesses in Central Ohio are bracing for the cold weather.

It's a busy night at the Battery Shop of Columbus. Manager Donny Koch cleans batteries, knowing frigid temps cause heavy foot traffic. "A lot more batteries coming in. Everyone needing batteries for their cars. Come out in the morning their car won't start," Koch said.

That's exactly what happened to Eric Norman's wife's ride. He came to the Battery Shop of Columbus for help. "I knew it was the cold. It's been getting weak with the winter. How cold it's been the past few days, it's not good. It makes them weak," Norman said. 

As drivers keep cars tuned up to hit the roads, the City of Columbus' Snow Warriors are out in full force clearing them. Fifty trucks on the streets tonight, working into the early morning. They'll plow state routes 33, 104, 315 and other streets in the city. Larry Layne is a driver and says he's pleased they're hard at work. I'm glad that they are clearing them. Some of the side streets they still need to do a little bit of work on that. But, as a whole, I think they're doing a pretty good job," Layne said.

Amy Mclaughlin's one of many drivers on those streets. She's filling up her tank early. "My roommates told me that it will freeze I guess. Gas will freeze. I don't want that to happen," Mclaughlin said.

Back at the Battery shop of Columbus, managers don't want anything to happen to you because of a potentially weak battery. They encourage you to start your car everyday, let it run and make sure your battery is charged.
 
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