When temperatures drop below freezing here are some great tips to help you stay safe, keep your car running and help with freezing issues.
- Keep your gas tank as full as possible. If you should run off the road in bad weather conditions, get stuck in a long traffic jam or have a break down you will still be able to stay warm as long as your vehicle is running and producing heat. It simply needs gas to do this.
- Don’t lock your doors. Take any valuable items out of the vehicle and leave all the doors unlocked. This will make it easier to get into the vehicle of one of more of the doors freeze shut.
- One your drivers door weatherstrip (the rubber piece mounted on the vehicle not on the door itself) put a thin coat of Vaseline. Moisture has a tendency to gather here, especially if you keep your vehicle inside a garage at night. This moisture will freeze, freezing the door shut. Even if the door is unlocked it will be frozen shut. The Vaseline prevents the door from freezing shut. If it is unlocked like in step #2 then entry is guaranteed no matter how cold it gets.
- Don’t spray products with water into your door lock cylinder. This is again why you don’t want to lock your doors. If you do lock your doors and it freezes shut your only way to get in will be the drivers door. If you spray a product like WD40 in the lock cylinder which has a large amount of water in it the door lock will only freeze worse until it is warmed up.
Use these simple tips to keep you safe and warm in freezing temperatures!