Tonight (Tuesday,) is predicted to be one of the coldest nights of the year, -27 degrees. It's time to survive the cold temps. For many of us, that includes finding a way to drive and that starts with making sure that our cars start in the morning!
Below are 8 tips that should help you and your automobile out this week as the temps dip to record lows...
1.) File this first one under the "duh" category, but park your car inside if you can. Anything to block the wind alone is a big benefit.
2.) Make sure that all accessories - fans, lights, interior domes, radio etc are turned off before starting the car. Battery power plummets in the cold, stream all that energy to the start before you worry about jamming out to KDWB.
3.) Keep your car at least half filled with gas. This prevents fuel line freezing.
4.) Check your tires and check them often. Cold air lowers tire pressure and low pressure can cause premature wear and blowouts.
5.) Make sure your windshield washer fluid is a winter blend, NOT the blue stuff. The blue stuff is typically summer blend and will freeze clogging up your fluid line.
6.) Use hand sanitizer on your keys. When temps get low and locks freeze the alcohol in the sanitizer will help quickly melt the ice on the locks.
7.) Park your car facing east. When the sun rises in the east, it will help melt some of the snow and frost making it the slightest bit easier to scrape off and clean.
8.) and probably most important... Make sure you have an emergency kit on hand with blankets, snacks, jumper cables and more. The last thing you want to do is be stuck on the side of the road, with no heat... they're saying it takes not even 5 minutes of exposed skin in this type of cold weather for frostbite.
Be safe out there!