How to prevent the cold weather from damaging your car in the frost

using ice scraper

Winter can be a difficult time for drivers, especially if you have to park your car outside. Frost, ice, and snow can cause damage to your vehicle, which can cost you time and money. That's why it's important to know how to protect your car correctly.

In this article we will give you some tips in order to protect your car from frost and extreme cold weather. From how to park it to accessories that will help you with the task, you will find all the information you need to protect your vehicle in winter.

1. Park in a sheltered space

If you can park in a garage, don't hesitate to do so. If you don't have a garage, look for a place sheltered from the wind, rain, and snow. If you can't find a sheltered space, you can use a cover that covers the entire vehicle. There are covers specially designed to protect the car from inclement weather.

2. Lift the windshield wipers

Frost can freeze the rubber on the windshield wipers and cause them to break or even stick to the windshield. In order to avoid this, lift the windshield wipers when you switch off the car. It is also advisable to place a cork under each one to keep them separated from the glass.

3. Check the coolant

The coolant is important to protect the engine from low temperatures. Make sure that the fluid level is appropriate and in good condition. Consult a mechanic to have it checked if you’re unsure.

4. Be careful with the locks

Don't force the door lock if it has frozen. Use a de-icing product or heat source to melt the ice instead. Forcing the lock may break it or damage other parts.

5.Check the battery

The battery can lose up to half of its power with the temperature changes. To avoid being stranded without being able to start the car, check the battery before the cold weather sets in. If it isn't in ideal conditions, replace it as soon as possible to prevent future problems.

6. Maintain the engine oil

The engine oil becomes more viscous with the cold weather, which means the engine has to work harder to start up. Keep the oil changes in check and always use the recommended kind for your vehicle. At our store you’ll be able to find the right engine oil for your car.

7. Allow the engine to heat up

It's important that you let the engine heat up before starting to drive. The engine needs to reach the right temperature to operate, which can take longer in low temperatures. Waiting a few minutes at idle speed from the time you start up to the time you begin to drive will help the fluids reach the right temperature.

Accessories that will help protect your car from the cold weather

  • Scraper to remove ice from the windows. 
  • Snow chains. 
  • A car cover. 
  • Emergency de-icing product. 
  • Parts for the battery or emergency jump starter. 
  • Snow shovel.