Bone-chilling temperatures gripped southern Ontario during this past winter – one of the longest and coldest in 20 years. Parts of the province plunged into a deep freeze and 'polar vortex' made its way in to everyday conversations.
Before the deep freeze returns this year, remember to have your car battery tested by a professional to make sure it is ready to face another frigid winter.
"The harsh winter temperatures can drain the power from your vehicle's battery," said Silvana Aceto, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO. "Before you try to start your car, make sure you have turned off all your accessories including the heater, radio and lights."
The average lifespan of a battery is 3-5 years, but driving conditions, weather and lack of care can shorten it.
Here are some warning signs that your battery may need to be replaced:
Drivers can help avoid breakdowns by keeping their vehicle properly maintained throughout the year. But if you end up stranded on a busy highway it's important to know what to do in an emergency situation: