Maintaining Your Car’s Heating System in Cold Weather

Make sure that your vehicle’s heating system is working correctly

Nobody enjoys getting into a cold vehicle on a chilly morning. You appreciate your vehicle’s heating system most during those first cold minutes of your journey, when your breath is frosty and you have to try to adjust the radio knobs while wearing gloves. When the heat kicks on and begins warming your hands and toes, you realize how essential it is. So make sure you always have heat when you want it by making a service appointment to make sure everything is working properly.

Not only is the heat important for your comfort, it is critical for your safety. This time of year, the roads can be treacherous. If they are covered in ice or snow and you become stranded or get into an accident, you will need your heating system in working order while you wait for help to arrive.

It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes,” states Ready, a public service announcement (PSA) organized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ready recommends that you have both your heater and defroster checked professionally before driving in winter weather. So, if you still haven’t had them checked out, make sure that scheduling an appointment is at the top of your to-do list. Making sure that your thermostat is in proper working order will also ensure that your heating system will work efficiently to keep you happy and safe when the temperature dips.

According to Ready, winter storms are known to be deceptively dangerous because many resulting injuries are not directly caused by the events of the storm. Ready indicates that traffic accidents and exposure to the cold can be some of the most dangerous aspects of inclement winter weather. That is why it is especially important to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

“Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage,” warns AAA. This is important to keep in mind because the cold weather can tempt people to warm up their vehicles before they leave the comfort of the garage. It is far better to get into a chilly car than to risk the health of yourself or a family member, so don’t risk the dangers associated with the build up of exhaust fumes that can result from running your car in an improperly ventilated space.

The cold weather is here, but fortunately your dealership can help you make sure that you will be warm and comfortable whenever you venture out in your vehicle.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

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