It is indeed winter in Los Angeles, with daytime highs in the 50s and evening temperatures this week in the 30s. While that’s not chilly enough to produce the snow or ice that makes driving especially perilous, it does do a number on your car. Here’s how to show your ride some love during the next frigid weeks.
Check your battery.
If you haven’t changed your battery in three to five years, consider replacing it. A car failing to start is one of the most common side effects of cold weather. If your battery is dead, follow these instructions below for how to jump it with cables (you can’t always trust a man with a mustache, but this one seems to know what he’s doing):
Put air in your tires.
Temperature drops affect the state of air in your tires (even 10 degrees makes a difference), so take the time to ensure your wheels are as safe as they can be.
The devil finds work for idle cars.
Letting the car run for a minute doesn’t really help prep a cold car, according to the Chicago Tribune. The best bet to ensure smooth operation is to drive slowly for the first few minutes of your voyage; the car will heat faster than through sudden bursts of speed.
When it’s reaaaally cold and your doors won’t open.
So, you spent the night at your friend’s place in Castaic and now your car doors won’t open thanks to the bitter chill. Next time you leave your ride outside in the freezing elements, spray a touch of WD-40 into the locks before you head out for the night.