Winterizing Your Care: Tips for Heavy Duty Towing
The cold weather that has been hitting the country is not only bad for your health, but it can also be dangerous for your car. Freezing temperatures wreak havoc on vehicles and make driving conditions hazardous. Sometimes you even need heavy duty towing because of these conditions. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your vehicle from freezing up in these harsh conditions.
If possible, park in a garage or carport rather than on the street where there is no protection from snow and ice accumulation. Park so that windows will be shielded from direct sunlight which can heat up interior temperatures too much, especially if you leave your lights on all day long.
Make sure your engine compartment has fresh air by removing any heavy objects blocking airflow under the hood before it gets too cold out. This includes items such as old tires, lawn equipment, etc., that may have been stored on top of them over summer months (or even years). These things should also not block vents or cause an obstruction for fuel lines or other components.
Use a block heater to keep your engine warm by plugging it into an outlet in your garage before you start the car and let it run for at least 30 minutes or so before driving off.
Drive slower than usual, never use cruise control on these icy roads when there are other vehicles around, and don’t brake too hard or steer abruptly as this may cause you to lose traction with the road’s surface. If possible avoid hills altogether because of their slipperiness during cold weather conditions.
Let someone know where you’re going if driving long distances in case something happens out on the road that prevents you from contacting them again later on (i.e., losing cell phone service).