Sure, you’re crazy enough this season finding the kids winter boots and figuring out exactly what cards to send this year without stacking more stress onto your full plate.
But you know not taking care of your car is going to catch up with you at the worst possible time. Who needs a break down in the middle of holiday shopping or when you’re running late to get the kids?
Although cold weather’s tough on cars, there are only a few things you really need to do to get a start on safe cold weather driving. And really, wouldn’t you rather head to the garage now for some preventative steps rather than later when you’re riding in a tow truck because the car died on the highway?
The best first step is something you can do yourself. That’s take your time when you get in the car and let the engine warm up before you hit the gas, said Ed Kriston and Jeffrey Boone, automotive repair specialists, based in the Towson office of AAA Mid-Atlantic, headquartered in Wilmington, Del. That will ensure your car, especially if it’s turbo charged, isn’t damaged when you drive. Cars’ engines are basically computers. Sure they’re tough but cold weather causes havoc. So let the engine warm up.
Consider these other ideas from Kriston and Boone to ensure you get the most out of your car: