How to prepare your car for extreme cold
With low temperatures predicted to be below -20 degrees Celsius over the next couple days, it’s important you are prepared. When extreme cold hits, it’s more than just uncomfortable and inconvenient, it’s also dangerous. But when the temperatures plummet, your life doesn’t come to a stop. That means making your daily commute, running errands and picking up kids. While you can spend most of your day indoors, your car may not have that luxury, and although your Honda is perfectly equipped to handle below zero temperatures, there are a couple things you can and should do to prepare your car for extreme cold.
Create a winter emergency kit
While this is vital in extreme cold, it’s a good idea to have a winter emergency kit in your car at all times during the winter months. This kit should include items such as:
- Sand for traction
- Snow removal equipment (small shovel)
- Hats, gloves, socks, blankets and other warm, dry clothing
- Energy Bar
- First Aid Kit
- Car charger for your cellphone
- Tow chain or rope
- Fluorescent flag
Keep your gas tank at least half full
If you happen to get stuck or are having car trouble, you’ll want to stay in your car and and periodically run the heat. Don’t let your gas tank drop below half full during winter as an important precaution.
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Make sure your battery can handle it
Freezing cold temperatures can take a toll on your battery and make it difficult for your car to start. Before winter, or at least before extreme cold like we are encountering now, bring your car in for a battery test to ensure it’s fit to handle whatever mother nature throws its way.
— Nicola Crosbie (@nicolaweather) January 5, 2015
Don’t keep your car running if you get stuck
If you’re stuck or stranded for an extended period of time, don’t keep car running just for the heat or the emergency flashers. If snow is blocking your exhaust pipe, deadly carbon monoxide can enter the cabin. Run the heat for about 10 minutes per hour and display the fluorescent flag from your emergency kit so emergency services can easily find you.
Driving in extreme cold and challenging winter conditions can be a little scary, but with the right preparation and careful driving, you can get through it with confidence.