Wow the sudden drop in temperatures is a stark reminder winter is on the way. That bitter cold wind and sudden drop in temperatures making those dark early morning starts a drudge on both man and machine. Here a 3 key things to avoid when the weather bites.
I, Don’t idle a cold engine for a long time in cold weather. We’ve all nipped out and started the truck before we finish our morning coffee, leaving the engine to idle, clear the windows and warming the vehicle, ready for the off. Your right, it is good to warm an engine before reeving as this lets the oil warm to coat and lubricate the metal giving it protection. Problems start when we leave the car idling for to long. An engine works by mixing fuel and air but when a motor is cold the fuel content is increased and this fuel rich mixture dilutes the oil reducing the protection.
II, Don’t pour boiling water on a frozen windscreen to clear it unless you want a cracked or shattered screen. Extreme temperature contrast from the boiling hot water put on a frozen cold screen will make the glass expand too quickly and cause it to fracture. Instead use prevention rather then cure and throw a cover on the night before. If you don’t have a cover, use cold water first followed by lightly warmed water.
III, Don’t drive until all your windows are clear or drive with snow all over the car roof and bonnet because it is not a myth, the police can fine you under section 229 of the Highway Code.
The Highway Code Sect 229 states,
Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows.
Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted, thoroughly remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users. More demisting tips here
So clear your car windows before setting off and grab a soft brush and sweep the snow of the bonnet and roof.