Cold weather can be tough on a vehicle. Extreme cold can be even tougher and increases the chance of a car breaking down.
With Central Virginia and most of the country experiencing a cold snap, mechanics urge drivers to take extra measures to ensure a safe commute.
Drivers should start their car at least five minutes before they plan on hitting the road. Not only will this warm the inside of the vehicle, but it warms up the engine and fluid.
Argon Fazliu, owner of A1 Towing and Auto Repair, says in cold weather it's important to check a car's battery and antifreeze. This impacts the car's ability to perform in the cold. Fazliu says if a car is more than two years old the battery should be checked, which most auto repair shops will do for free.
When drivers finally do hit the road, Fazliu encourages them to take it slow, and be on the lookout for ice, especially hard to spot black ice. Fazliu responded to accident caused by black ice on Sunday.
"The gentleman drove through the curb and slide right off into a ditch. Lot of times you can't even tell because it looks like a real road, but it's covered on ice," Fazliu said.
He also suggests to check the tire's air. In the extreme cold weather tires lose air, as the gas contracts in the cold. Driving on tires low in air can damage the car,