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Frigid temperatures put drivers out in the cold

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The frigid temperatures are freezing fingertips and flat lining batteries throughout the Upstate. And dead batteries and busted radiators are keeping Mike Knapp busy. He's a tow truck operator with Hawkins Towing in Greenville County.

"We work 12 hours a day and we're on call every other day," Knapp said. "We've been busy because a lot of people didn't winterize their cars like they were supposed to."

Knapp said he saw several abandoned cars left on the side of interstates. On Tuesday, one car had a goodbye message with the words "I love you baby" written on its windshield with a heart.

"We've seen dead batteries, overheating problems which is a result of busted radiators," Knapp said.

But he said you don't have end your relationship with your car if you show it love and attention.

"Make sure they got the proper antifreeze in it," Knapp said.

He answered dozens of calls and picked up two SUVs during one of them. One had a busted radiator, the other had a dead battery.

"Drivers should try to make sure their cars are ready to go," Knapp said.

Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said every driver should gear up for winter weather, but if you break down, stay in your car.

"If we get there and you're not there and you're walking from point A to point B, there's no guarantee that we're going to see you," Rhyne said.

Troopers got more than 130 calls within a few hours for stranded drivers between late Monday night and Tuesday morning.

"If you do break down, pick the phone up and call *47," Rhyne said.

Troopers say it's a good idea to put clothes, water, food, blankets and a flashlight in your car just in case you get stranded.

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