posted 5 years ago

IAM Driving Tips – How To Start Your Car in Winter

Starting your car in winter can be trickier than reciting the eighteen-times table.

Starting your car in winter can be trickier than reciting the eighteen-times table. As such, Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, has some straightforward tips to help motorists prepare their cars before setting-off. His advice is:

- Don’t switch on the engine until you are ready to go; a modern car does not need to warm the engine up. Do put the engine on if you need to run the heater/demister before you move.

- Clean your windows inside and out – a dirty screen will cause the windows to mist up much quicker.

- Clean any snow off the car’s roof and bonnet as well as windows.

- When you get in the car make sure all the extra electrical things are turned off before you try starting it (lights, heater, etc).

-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.

Mr Elstow said: “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 is the antifreeze version.”