Getting cars and crews ready for the cold winter weather

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Road crews are ready for the bad weather to hit. Workers at the Triad's Department of Transportation Command Center have cameras watching over the roads from Stokes County to Orange County.

IMAP drivers are the ones called out to help with accidents or stranded drivers. When wind, snow, freezing rain comes it means they are in for a long, busy shift.

"We could have simple fender benders you can have where people drive insensibly however they may drift to the side and it could possibly be major," explains Herbert Wilkins, an IMAP driver with North Carolina Department of Transportation.

As of early Monday evening, crews already set up staging areas in Rockingham and Davidson County, where salt trucks are lined up and ready if needed.

Mechanics at Autotrends, a garage in Greensboro, have fixed vehicles because the cold got to them.

"Belts breaking, batteries failing, cooling systems that are just clogged and need to be flushed and cleaned," explains John Hill, owner of Autotrends.

The extreme heat and the extreme cold are the worst times for your car battery.

"You actually see more overheating because you get blockage when it gets cold, your coolant gels and gets thicker and it doesn't flow as easily as it does in the warmer weather," explains Hill.

Before you hit the road in this cold, make sure you have someone check over your car just to be safe.

If you are stranded on the side of the road call *HP for an IMAP driver to come help.


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