One of the worst parts of winter driving is having to warm up your car in the morning. Running out in the cold to your vehicle, scraping off the ice, waiting for the heater to kick in…it can be brutal. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are a few tips to help you stay toasty even when it’s freezing out:
- Idling vs. Driving – Most drivers start their morning commute by letting their cars idle for a while to get warm. There’s a lot of debate concerning the efficiency of idling a car in the winter. Much of the consensus goes against traditional wisdom by saying that driving is the best way to get your car heated.
- Block Heaters – Some mornings get so cold that your engine won’t start as easily as on warmer days. If you primarily live in an area that gets extremely cold in the winter, a block heater might be the best solution to protect your engine from cold starts.
- Strategic Parking – Think ahead when you park your car. If you have a garage, use it. But if not, find a nice spot that is usually sunny in the morning. Not only will this help you get some extra heat in your car, it may save you from the hassle of scrapping ice and snow off your windows.
- Adding Extra Heat – Added heat is simple as long as you have a 12-volt cigarette lighter in your car. You can easily plug in an auxiliary heating unit or heated seats to help keep your ride warm and cozy.
- Be Prepared - Hey, it’s winter! Dress accordingly. Keeping an extra pair of gloves, hat, scarf, and other layers in the car can be the difference between freezing and comfortable. You’ll also be happy you packed these extra layers in case of breakdowns or other worst-case scenarios.
Get your vehicle ready for winter driving. Bryant Motors has a team of ASE-certified technicians that are ready to help you get your car prepped for those winter storms. Schedule service today to make sure your car and your heater are in tip-top shape for the winter months.