Cold temperatures during the winter season also create problems for cars, which have difficulty starting.
When the car does not start, it happens because the engine oil is ‘thickened’ from staying in the cold, which increases friction and makes it more difficult to rotate the engine mechanism.
Cold and wet weather can also cause battery damage, as vehicle electrical systems need to work much harder than usual.
Car service company RAC says most of the phone calls that come in during the winter are about car batteries.
So the question naturally arises: Should I leave my car running to warm it up?
The answer is: No! Avoid this if you can. By letting your car engine run before you drive the car, you are not really helping, but only increasing fuel consumption.
Cars older than 20 years need a little warm-up before starting out in cold weather, but more modern engines regulate the temperature accordingly, so car experts say you don’t have to leave your car running for more than 30 seconds before driving.
How to make the car thaw in case of freezing?
Pouring hot water into the frozen glass may seem like a good idea, but it can actually lead to the glass breaking if there are any small cracks in it.
The best method, according to meteorologist Ken Weathers, is using alcohol and water from a spray bottle.
Weathers says he mixes 1/3 of a glass of water with 2/3 of a glass of rubbing alcohol to produce a melting spray. This method works because the rubbing alcohol has a freezing point at -128 ° C.
Tips for car battery maintenance
As a start, to prevent any problems with the battery, you can charge it at least once a week during the winter months, especially if it is older than 3 years.
The battery indicator may help you monitor it, but if it is not charging properly, it may be best to replace it with a new one.
But, you can do a few things to keep the battery in good condition.
Turn off all loads including lights, heating, etc., before turning off your engine at the end of the trip. This helps prevent unnecessary drainage of the battery.
Avoid using air heaters, windshields or seats for too long.
Park your car in a garage if possible, especially at very low temperatures.
Test the battery properly, especially if your car is over four years old.