Local automotive shops seeing more weather-related repairs

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- As the temperatures continue to drop many cars are beginning to see the effects of Mother Nature. One local auto repair manager says there are multiple things we can do to make sure our cars can get us where we need to go.

Tom Kahler has been working at Butitta Brothers Auto Repair for more than 20 years. He says when temperatures drop below zero more and more cars come in to get repaired.

"Vehicles not wanting to start due to low batteries, coolant leaks, things like that are typically more brought on by the cold weather,” said service manager of Butitta Brothers Auto Repair Tom Kahler.

Kahler says his team makes sure every car that comes in is checked to make sure it can withstand the freezing temperatures.

"We spend extra, extra time this time of year making sure we don't have customers sitting alongside the road,” said Kahler.

Kahler says making sure your tires are in good shape is one of the most important things when it comes to being safe during inclement weather.

"There's a lot of cars out there that the tires are pretty well worn and when you have a couple inches of snow, you have trouble getting going. That’s a huge thing to be able to maneuver safely in the weather."

Experts say being safe behind the wheel is all about the basics. Making sure fluids, belts and tires are checked can often time be the difference between making it to your destination and breaking down on the side of the road along the way.

Kahler advises drivers to get vehicles checked sooner rather than later as we get deeper into the winter season.

"Typically January and February are our coldest, more severe months so yeah, we're just getting started on that season now,” said Kahler.