Hoosier Helpers call on motorists stranded in frigid cold

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- One of the most dangerous places to be in the frigid cold temperatures is your car, and Hoosier Helpers braved the weather to help stranded motorists.

Chris Lowery's days are spent walking back and forth, from his truck to whatever motorist he's helping.

"Every day's a different day," Lowery said.

On Thursday, he was out in the cold on patrol, along with other Hoosier Helpers. The statewide program keeps the trucks on interstates, watching traffic, and stepping in to help stranded drivers.

Lowery's day started with three abandoned cars in just 20 minutes.

"I think people are more apt to (say), 'I’m out of here, I got to get someplace warm,' rather than sit in a cold car waiting for help," Lowery said.

Lowery did help change a tire for a driver stuck on the I-65/I-70 split downtown. As soon as he finished there, he was heading to an accident, where another tire needed to be changed.

That accident was not the driver's fault, but Lowery said most of the issues he sees on the roads are preventable.

"A lot it's just people aren't prepared," Lowery said.

AAA Hoosier Motor Club's Greg Seiter offered some tips to keep yourself from needing Lowery's help this winter. Seiter said if your battery is more than two years old, you should have it check to make sure it's in top shape.

"Especially in extremely frigid temperatures, there is a very tough strain on your car’s battery," Seiter said.

Seiter also said you should never wash your car in these temperatures, don't use hot water to unfreeze a lock, and wait to use your windshield wipers until you've cleaned ice away or defrosted.

Lowery hoped if you changed some small habits, including keeping more than 1/4 tank of gas in your car at all times, you wouldn't have to see him on the highway.

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