Ahead of next week’s freezing forecast, local police and experts are reminding people to check in on their cars.

According to AAA Kansas, cold weather can strain a car battery’s life or completely cut it short. Samantha Huston, a Wichita State student, said her car’s battery died on her way home for holiday break Friday. 

“I just left it sitting too long and the cold weather certainly didn't help,” Huston said. “It just wouldn't start.”

Guy Schroeder, Chief of Wichita State University Police, said 40 to 50 students will leave their cars on campus outside over the break. He said, if possible, try to start your car once a day during cold weather to prevent it from breaking down. 

“That is almost an everyday occurrence during the school semester, when the weather's cold,” Schroeder said. 

Staff at Gerber Collision in Wichita said it is important to check your car’s battery now, especially if you are going on vacation and leaving it behind. Also, check its tire pressure and make sure it has enough radiator fluid.  

“If you've got a three, four year old battery that maybe might be on its last leg and if it doesn't stay continually charged, which is being driven all the time, then you could be in for trouble,” Jaden Randle, Marketing Manager, for Gerber Collision said. 

Randle said windshield wiper fluid is also important during the winter months. 

Huston was able to bring her car battery back to life but is encouraging others not to leave their vehicles alone, like she did for two weeks, after her experience. 

“Go out every once in a while and start your car, just to make sure it will start,” Huston said. “You don't have to drive it anywhere, just start it and let it run.”