How to do proper car care in winter

proper car care in winter

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Winter can be hell on your car, causing many problems with how it operates. How do you maintain a car in cold weather? Our guide outlines how to do proper car care in winter.

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Strategies for proper car care in winter

Wiper water antifreeze

If the wiper water or the nozzles of the windshield cleaning system are frozen, the journey on wintry roads quickly becomes a dangerous blind flight. Mud, splashing water and salt can add vision barriers to the windscreens.

Therefore, check the level at each fuel stop and make sure that the wiper water is protected from frost at least minus ten degrees — and certainly from minus 20 degrees.

Ice scrapers

Those who are ill-prepared can wait a long time after a frosty night to be able to leave. 

An ice scraper should be kept in the glove compartment. Anti-mist wipes for the inner window and a flashlight are also good to have there. And if you’ve broken down in the snow or even been stuck in a traffic jam before in winter you know how cold it can get, so be sure to have a warm blanket and gloves packed inside the car.

Let the car warm up first

Just don’t drive, but start right away and do things like scraping windows beforehand when the engine is turned off.

Because if the engine and catalytic converter are cold, not only the gasoline demand is particularly high, but also the emission of pollutants. The formula for a hot-heated engine and achieving normal performance at normal consumption is four kilometres of driving.

Rear window and seat heating

The rear window heater should be turned off as soon as it is no longer fogged. The heating for seats, if any, is switched off as soon as the engine has warmed up.

Because when the engine is warm, the normal heating system provides enough heat for the indoor air and does not cost additional energy. This is not the case with seat heating: it no longer brings any added value when the engine is warm, but also consumes electricity.

Remove moisture

Instead of letting the Dempster and the rear window heater run for a long time, it is more economical to let the air conditioning work for a short time.

This effectively defrosts and dehumidifies the interior, thus also ensuring that frost disappears from the windows. Due to the additional consumption, however, the following applies to the air conditioning system: Put on the economical use and switch off as soon as the mist is gone.