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Under the Hat: Cold Reality

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I really wanted to make an impact this year during the mandatory cold weather preps story.

Every year we go on television to tell people to put antifreeze into their vehicles, clean or change the wipers, make sure all of the fluids are filled and they have good tires.

It's all just common sense so surely people must know by now that just like we need to prepare with boots and gloves our vehicles must be prepared for winter's chill.

So when this week's cold snap hit I jumped on the chance to make my story different and it turns out I had a good angle too.

 My Jeep wouldn't start.

It made for decent (if personally expensive) video of my vehicle being hauled up onto a flat bed.

My fear of course was the potential irony of having missed preparing something in my own vehicle while doing a news story telling others what to do.

I learned that tow operators that usually handle 80 calls a day were up over 200 a day this week.

That many cars going to local repair shops must surely have a whole host of problems; that putting a machine into a deep freeze all day will surely have its unique ramifications.

So what did I learn when I visited the mechanics?

The vast majority of the problems were related to people not prepping their vehicles; weak batteries, low antifreeze, bald tires and the always popular stripping of wiper gears by trying to start them when they are frozen to the windshield.

 Turns out a computer sensor went bad on the Jeep which left me with a sense of relief along with the repair bill.

And apparently our work isn't done reminding people of the basics when the cold reality of winter sets in.

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