ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- With the temperature near zero and a major winter storm on the horizon, there's a lot of misinformation and myths about how to handle cold weather.
So we took to the streets of Rochester Thursday to find out how well Minnesotans know their myths from their facts.
- Drinking alcohol warms you up? Myth.
- You lose most of your body heat through your head? Myth.
- Cold temps cause hair loss? Myth.
- Cold air can make you sick? Myth.
- You burn more calories in the cold? Myth.
- You don't need sunscreen in the winter? Myth.
- Running water through the pipe can help prevent pipes from freezing? Fact.
Most of the people we interviewed knew the answer.
Babcock Auto Care Shop Foreman Derek Severson answered some questions about vehicle safety in the winter.
- You need to start your car before you start driving? "Starting your car and allowing it to warm up is actually a myth. These vehicles nowadays with how advanced they are you don't technically need to allow them to run," Babcock said.
- The tire pressure on wheels drop more in the cold? "It's actually true just with the difference in air the hotter and colder the air is you can actually get a few pressure differences."