Cars, like people, don’t function as well in cold weather. Your car doesn’t like it anymore than you. Because most people can’t hibernate all winter, I have compiled a list of precautions to increase the odds of your car functioning in extreme or unseasonable cold.
1. Before a big freeze it’s best to check your antifreeze. If you don’t know how to check it, run your car to a mechanic or an auto parts store and they’ll check it for you. A locked up engine will cost more than most anything else on your vehicle to repair.
2. If your engine is slow to crank on a cold morning it’s most likely because of a poor or failing battery. Cold weather is a tell-tale sign of your battery going bad.
3. For safety be sure to check you tire pressure before a long commute on a cold morning. Cold air compresses inside a tire and the pressure can drop significantly (many times you will see a low tire pressure light come on in the car on a cold morning). This can lead to a blowout. Make sure your tire is inflated to proper levels.