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Dead Car Batteries a Big Problem in Cold Weather

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- West Tennessee area tow truck drivers have been busy helping drivers jump their car batteries in cold weather.

Across West Tennessee, mechanics told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that several drivers are having trouble with their car batteries.

"The worst case is you're caught out and there is no one to help you as cold as it is at nights it can be a couple of hours before someone gets to you, " said Firestone manager Adam James.

Michael Slovekosky, who works for Mann's Wrecker Service in Jackson, said there were more than 20 battery calls early Wednesday morning. He said having a dead battery can be dangerous for drivers in colder temperatures.

"It can be real dangerous and deadly for some people, especially if you don't know anyone, family members and help around if you don't know anybody," said Slovekosky.

Experts said the dead batteries are all thanks to the colder temperatures which freeze the free acid molecules inside each battery. The moving molecules are what creates the energy that starts the engine.

"Just sitting overnight, the cold weather can kill them. You wake up next morning and you have nothing just dead as a doornail. Sometimes it kills them 100 percent to where you can't even jump them off, " said Slovekosky . "If you think it's slow starting or sluggish, I'd definitely get it checked out before you get started."

If you feel that your vehicle is sluggish or hard to start, have an electrical test done on your battery immediately. Experts said it is also a good idea to let your vehicle run and warm up for a minute or two before traveling.