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Experts stress taking care of your car during bitter temps

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At Boubin Automotive in Waterloo it's a packed house.

"With the colder weather generally that really brings the business heavily and then it tends to even out as the winter gets on it's course and what," said Shawn Streittmatter, manager. 

Streittmatter say during the bitter cold weather, they see a lot of dead batteries, antifreeze issues, and leak issues. He also say the cold weather seems to bring out flat tires.

But before all these issues come about, they say it's important to have regular maintenance.

 "Definitely a good idea to at least try to get in there at least a couple times a year to have things looked over before they become a broken part. Try to maintain those parts versus letting them break an d having to replace them," said Streittmatter. 

If you're not a fan of cold weather, the holiday travel season came at a difficult time.

AAA predicts more than 94.5 million Americans will travel fifty miles or more during this holiday season. That's up .06 from last year.

The Iowa State Patrol says they are getting ready for an influx of vehicles on the road, but with these bitter cold temperatures, it's important to be prepared incase you break down.

"We don't want you out of your vehicle. When you get out of your vehicle you're very vulnerable from the elements and from the vehicles that may hit you. Make sure you stay in your vehicle. Stay buckled up. Most everyone has a cell phone use the cell phone to contact relatives, contact 911, contact whoever needs to be come assist you," said Trooper Mark Sigwarth, Iowa State Patrol.

Sigwarth also stressed the importance of a couple bottles of water, a little bit of food, and a full tank of gas while traveling. 

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