Extreme cold proves troublesome for motorists

Cold drive

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) — It wasn’t even during the coldest time of day, however, the extreme cold was enough for people to start experiencing major car troubles.

“Between about 5 a.m. And 7 a.m. We have a lot of jump starts; you know people don’t maintain their batteries like they should,” said Frank Cretela, general manager of Ludt’s Towing in Boardman.

It’s usually during the early mornings when seeing flashing tow truck lights are a welcome sight. However, it may still cost motorists some money at the same time.

“I think they’re relieved that we’re there. But yeah, they are upset their battery isn’t working,” said Cretela.

Because of the extreme cold, Ludt’s Towing has seen an increase of drivers needing help.

They said there are some tips for residents to help keep their vehicles going.

“Make sure you have people service your batteries, air filters, check your tires, do a full inspection of the vehicle every time you get an oil change,” said Cretela.

At the same time, the cold temperatures make it difficult for tow truck drivers as well.

“It’s definitely very physically enduring on the guys, the wind just cuts right through you,” said Cretela.

That’s because the chance of frostbite drastically increases. Exposed skin in tonight’s conditions can experience possible frostbite in under 30 minutes. Factor in a little more wind and the time drastically drops.

“Go out there and be safe,” finished Cretela.

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