Tips To Avoid Winter Car Problems

69960johnsonc_3There is nothing as bad as a car not starting in the depths of winter so this week we have some advice on how to get a cold car going.

  • Don’t switch on the engine until you are ready to go; a modern car does not need to warm the engine up. But do put the engine on if you need to run the heater/demister before you move off.
  • Clean any snow off the car’s roof and bonnet as well as windows.
  • When you get in the car, make sure all extras such as lights, heaters and the radio are turned off before you try starting it.
  • Clean your windows inside and out – a dirty screen will cause the windows to mist up much quicker.
  • When you’re ready to go, switch the engine and heater on (air con if you have fitted; it keeps the screen dry) so that the windows don’t steam up.
  • Use the ‘ice’ setting if your car has one and it’s cold enough.


For more driving advice check out our Tips section

 21st, January 2013


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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