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Frosty start to Monday commute has experts urging car care

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The frosty start to the Monday morning commute impacted drivers.

AAA said it sound double the number of battery calls than it did a week ago on a "typical" morning.

"We got about 100 calls for battery issues in just the Hartford area between 8 and 9 a.m.," said Amy Parmenter, AAA spokeswoman. "And we’re on track to get at least that [in the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.] hour as well."

Experts used the sub-freezing temperatures as a reminder to make sure drivers ready their vehicles for the cold in the months to come.

They said turning on the heater and using the ice scraper are only the first steps.

The recommended keeping a tire gauge handy to check the tire pressure. Pressure falls when the temperatures do.

Another step drivers should take is checking out their battery. Auto parts stores can check to see if a vehicle battery is week. Any corrosion on the connections should also be cleaned.

Removing any ice on the headlights can boost visibility.

Finally, experts suggest testing the windshield wipers. They should be replaced every six months.

Angelo Dimatteo of West Hartford said he couldn't believe cold weather already arrived and frosted up his car.

"It was frosted over," he told Eyewitness News. "I had to wait until it defrosted a little took a little time. I was surprised to see the frost on the grass. I mowed it for the first time yesterday. It seems a little early I think."

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