Tips for driving in cold weather

By Leslie Rhodes

March 24, 2018

Drivers who live in the northern hemisphere may be used to the cold weather. This weather may affect a car’s ability to start and run properly. This is because car batteries may not produce an electrical current easily in cold weather. Also, the oil may be thicker, ice may form and obstruct the fuel flow, and fuel lines may have some water in them. You can prevent some of these things during the cold weather, and this article will highlight some tips to follow.

  • Park your car in the garage: parking the car in the garage during winter will help keep it warm. This will also prevent problems with battery or the car oil. If you do not have a garage, you can park the car near a carport or a tree. It will keep it warm.
  • Use the recommended oil: there are so many different kinds of oil for cars. Be sure to use the recommended oil from the vehicle manufacturer. Check the manual for this information. The oil can be identified with numbers like 5W-20 or 10W-40. Use the 10W-40 in colder climates if the manufacturer recommends it.
  • Conserve battery power on startup: while turning the key in the ignition, conserve the battery to turn over the engine. The best way to do this is to turn off the heater, defroster, headlights, or other electrical accessories before starting the car.
  • Jump-start the car: some cars need a jumpstart in cold weather to start running. You can use the battery of another car to do this. All you need is battery cables to connect to the battery.
  • Crank the engine: if the engine doesn’t turn over after turning the key in the ignition, try turning it again. However, you shouldn’t do this for more than 5 seconds as it may overheat your starter motor. Wait for a minute and try again, it could help solve the problem.

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