MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – As temperatures drop, drivers should make sure they have prepared their car for colder driving conditions.
Service Manager Barry Abrams at C&G Auto said when the weather gets colder, batteries are usually the first to go. When it gets into the 20s, he said temperatures have a tendency to kill a weaker battery.
Drivers also want to make sure their wipers are working well and there is good washer fluid in the car. Depending on what kind of washer fluid you have, it can freeze if it drops below 32 degrees. You can purchase the kind that doesn't freeze, according to Abrams.
Once your car is prepared for cold weather, you should make sure you know how to properly drive in it.
Cpl. Sonny Collins with South Carolina Highway Patrol said you need to drive well below the posted speed limit. That goes for snow, but he says it's an even more important rule for icy conditions or when there is freezing rain.
Start accelerating gradually so you can give yourself enough time to come to a complete stop. Bridges and overpasses are the first concern because they freeze first, according to Collins. They don't have the ground underneath them to keep them warmer like the roadways. Even though the road itself may be fine, when you come up to those bridges and overpasses, there could still be slick spots.
Collins said South Carolina Highway Patrol will work hand in hand with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to identify any problem areas and relay that information to the public.
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