There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking out into a cold parking lot to start your car and when you turn the key—nothing.

Many Alaskans could face vehicle problems during the coming cold snap.

AAA reports that when temperatures near zero, your car battery loses about 60 percent of its strength. That means a strong battery becomes weak and a weak battery essentially ends up dead.

Courtesy: Batteries Plus Bulbs

Staff at Battery Plus Bulbs are preparing for a boost in business. Owner Larry Banning says the chemical reaction that takes place in a battery is slower during cold weather, therefore putting less energy in the reserve.

The result is a sluggish car.

Banning has some tips to keep you from getting stuck in the cold.

“If your battery is more than a couple years old, you need to get it tested. With batteries that are newer, it’s just very important to plug the car in,” Banning said. “The warmer you keep the engine, the easier it will be for the battery to start the car.”

If they’re taken care of during the winter, Banning says most new vehicle batteries in Anchorage can last four to five years.

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