posted 4 years ago

How To Start a Car in Winter

Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to discover the best way to start a car in winter.

Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to discover the best way to start a car in winter. This might sound simpler than watching re-runs of Mission Impossible, but there are actually six steps to take. Simon Elstow, from The Institute of Advanced Motorists, explains:

- 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 vehicle has one and it’s cold enough.

Simon Elstow revealed: “If the weather is really bad, think about whether you really need to make the journey before travelling. If so, ensure you take out the time to prepare your car for the elements you may face.” He continued: “Spending time to prepare your car for the weather conditions is important so that it copes well throughout your journey. Now is the time to check the battery and that your screen wash has a freeze-resistant additive.”