2017 was predicted to be the coldest winter in 50 years, back in September, and we’re certainly feeling it as temperatures have dropped to minus -10 degrees in parts of the country. I think we can all agree it’s been a rather chilly winter so far, we even saw some snow last week!
You’re probably wondering what these temperatures do to your car. Read on to find out how the cold effects your car and things you can do!
- Fluids thicken in cold temperatures, meaning your car may have trouble starting and may not function to the best of its ability. It is best to check windshield wiper fluids in case they have frozen. Start the car up and allow it to warm up. You may find thinner oil grades, and engine block heater or a battery blank may help!
- Your engine runs less efficiently. Try to avoid repeated short trips in cold weather.
- Fuel consumption will be higher in winter than summer. Idling and warming up the car has a big impact on fuel consumption, as does a decrease in tyre pressure. If you have a garage, keep your car in there, invest in an ice scraper and limit the use of electrical components (seat warmers, de-misters).
- As mentioned above, tyre pressure decreases. Having the correct tyre pressure not only helps the car be more fuel efficient, but is essential for control of the vehicle. Check tyre pressure regularly.
- There is a higher risk of having a dead battery. They work harder to start the car, resulting in added strain. Have your battery regularly checked. It is recommended to change your battery every three years!
If you haven’t done so already, get a winter check! If your car needs a service, do not delay!