Frigid temperatures make your car work harder

A car's battery can lose up to 50% of its capacity in subzero temperatures

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – During the winter, your car’s battery has to work harder.

“The batteries have a chemical reaction in them, so that slows down when it gets really cold out, which makes it harder for the starter motor to turn, pretty much everything to work. So it all has to work harder, which is what causes the battery to die,” said Andrew Bewsee from City Tires in Springfield.

A car’s battery can lose up to 50% of its capacity in subzero temperatures. 22News is working for you to show you how to jump your car, if your battery dies.

Your jumping cables have a positive and negative. You have your black for your negative and you have your red for you positive. Most vehicles will have a red cap on top of your battery or it will have a plus symbol.

You want to connect the red cable to the positive terminal on your dead battery, and then attach the red, positive cable clamp on the other side of the jumper cables to the functioning vehicle’s positive battery terminal.

Connect the black, negative cable clamp to the working battery’s negative battery terminal. And last, connect the black cable to an unpainted metal surface, like a bolt or a sheet of metal in your car, but make sure it’s a safe distance from your battery.

However, if you need to call in the professionals, they’re ready to help. Sandra Marsian from the AAA Pioneer Valley said, “We’re geared and staffed up for folks to come in and help us on the phones, so we can make sure we can get to our members in a timely fashion.”

Drivers also need to check the air pressure in their tires. During deep freezes, tires can lose air pressure and deflate.

AAA also said you should keep between a half-a-tank to a full tank of gas in your car to prevent it from freezing.