Winter weather in BC can get harshly cold. When you have to make your morning commute, it can be difficult to want to leave your warm toasty house when you know you have to get into a cold car. To keep you cozy this winter, remember these tips on how to warm your car up quickly.
Turn on your
ignition, but don’t start your engine. Doing this will help you get hot air
quickly, since the engine will be primed. When the engine is primed, it will
produce heat quickly.
Idle for a bit.
Once your engine is primed, you want to idle your vehicle for about 30 seconds
to a minute. This will help the heater core produce warm air.
Time to go. Driving
your car will actually help it warm up faster. That’s because your engine will
warm up, allowing more hot air to pass into your cabin. Modern vehicles usually
only need about 30 seconds to warm up, so you won’t have to suffer in the cold
Think about where
you’re pointing the hot air. When your car is finally warmed up, you want
to direct the warm air at you and your passenger’s chest to help your bodies
warm up quickly. Then, once you’re warm again, direct the heat toward your
feet, since heat rises.
Contact us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for more tips on keeping your vehicle in peak condition during BC’s extreme winters.
Highway road conditions throughout British Columbia in the winter can be unpredictable. With rapid elevation changes that lead to a mixture of snow, ice, sunshine, and rain, it’s important that you understand how to be ready for driving in any condition. These winter driving tips will help you better handle the cold months ahead.
Obey Winter Tire and Chain Signs
Throughout BC, you will find there are areas that require you to have either winter tires or chains. You shouldn’t go past these signs without the proper equipment. Instead, make sure you switch to your winter tires early on and consider driving with chains in your trunk to ensure you’re ready for anything.
Carry an Emergency Kit
You never know what might happen on the road ahead. Make sure you always carry an emergency kit with you while driving to ensure you’re not stranded in freezing temperatures without proper kit.
Drive for the Conditions
When winter weather affects road conditions, it’s important to drive intelligently. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, slow down your speed to match the road conditions, and avoid sudden movements.
Know How to Handle Skidding
If you find yourself skidding on a slick road, don’t slam on the brakes and over-steer. Instead, gently ease off the accelerator or brake, then look and steer in the direction you want to head.
Ensure that your travels are safe ones this winter when you take your vehicle in for a service appointment here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.