Cold weather leads to stalled cars


Johnston's abandoned car along the Kansas Turnpike in Chase County

Johnston's abandoned car along the Kansas Turnpike in Chase County

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Wichita, KAN. -- More than half a dozen drivers found their vehicles couldn't make the trip to work on Wichita highways Monday morning.

Several cars and trucks could be found on the shoulders of K-96 and I-235.

Red stickers were on some of them. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Warner said once a vehicle has been red tagged, the driver has 48 hours to move the car or truck before troopers have it towed.

All American Automotive owner Greg Norris said his repair shop has been busy.

"Sometimes the number one issue are batteries", said Norris. "People are not replacing their batteries when they're weak. They're getting stalled out and having to call a wrecker. Sometimes a battery will give you a little bit of warning with a slow crank. Sometimes, they just go immediately."

Norris said the second biggest problem is tires. Worn tires reduce traction and can lead to accidents. Also diesel vehicles without the right fuel additive can stall because the fuel turns to a jelly like consistency in very cold weather.


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