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Car tips for cold temperatures

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A steep drop in temperatures may mean a difficult time starting your car.

Sub-zero temperatures can put a drain on car batteries, making it difficult to start up. Car experts say when the mercury drops below zero, even a brand new battery only operates at about 30 percent -- but there are some steps you can take to increase the odds of a cold start.

"Before you turn your car on make sure everything is off," says Amy Mattinat. "Your windshield wipers, your heat, your radio, everything because in the cold weather your battery is compromised."

Mattinat warns that if windshield wipers are left on your window in freezing temperatures and snow -- they may rip.

They are also hosting a free car care clinic for women on January 26 -- details can be found on their website: http://www.autocraftsmen.com.

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