Winnipegger Jordan Bacon was one of thousands of Manitobans who were forced to call CAA after bitterly cold temperatures caused problems for their vehicles.
The battery on Bacon’s Pontiac Sunfire died Wednesday evening, and he was stuck waiting for a boost.
CAA Tow Truck Driver Chuck Poulton said he’s been logging long hours since the cold snap began.
"(It’s) astronomically busy, like we can’t even keep up," said Poulton.
But a mechanic with Frank Motors said there are at least a couple things drivers can do to avoid having to make the call to CAA in the first place.
Dieter Sheffer owns the business and said motorists should avoid cranking up the interior heat to full blast when a vehicle first starts.
"Some people think that the faster the fan goes the faster the car will warm up, which does not happen," said Sheffer. "You have to wait for the engine temperature."
Running the heat full-blast can also drain a car battery faster, according to Sheffer.
He also suggests running your car in neutral for two to three minutes before driving. Sheffer said that will help heat up the transmission fluid.
Bacon said they’re tips he’ll heed in the future.