Brrrr! What Happens to My Car When It’s Cold Outside?



Winter is already here, and as much as we enjoy the Christmas season and the snow, we cannot deny the fact that cold weather makes a lot of things harder. For instance, going out is a hassle because you have to dress according to the weather. Another thing affected by winter is our cars. Not only does it make driving conditions more dangerous, but the cold also has adverse effects on your beloved vehicle. This is a fact that is mostly overlooked by automobile owners.

When we go outside, we have to bundle up in thick clothing to stay warm. However, our cars are not able to do this by themselves, which can affect and damage your vehicle’s overall health. Your car battery can even stop working because of the cold weather!


A lot of things could affect your car during the cold season. We have listed below some ways that cold weather can potentially harm your car, and if the situation is really bad, it can even harm you.

How does cold affect my car?

1. Your tire pressure

Your car’s tire pressure fluctuates during extreme weather conditions or situations. During winter season, tire pressure decreases when not in use and increases when you’re moving. Because of the uneven tire pressure, your car (and even you) could be in danger if something happens. One of the common things car drivers reported when driving during the winter is the air pressure alarm activating. A tire blowout could even potentially happen if tire pressure is uneven, so make sure to double check everything before driving.

2. Fuels and liquids in your car

Another thing affected by the cold temperatures is your car’s fuel. Fuel tests conducted by the government found that a fuel’s efficiency rate decreases up to 10 percent when the weather is below 23° Fahrenheit. Moreover, there is a possibility that your car’s fluids, which includes the oil, transmission fluid, etc., have a big change of thickening up or turning into a viscous, liquid-like syrup. Because of this, your car’s liquids move less freely, which affects the overall driving condition of your car. To avoid problems concerning these while driving, spare a quick 10-to-15 minute ‘warm up time’ to make sure that your car’s fuel and fluids move freely and are at proper levels.

3. Be careful of salt

Since snow is part of winter and most people use salt to melt snow, make sure to avoid contact with salt as much as possible. Salt is able to corrode your car’s brakes, undercarriage, etc., and can stick to the metal compounds of your car, which can lead to bigger problems if left untreated. Make sure to wash your car after driving it every time to avoid the salt sticking to your car. Do not use any wiping material to clean the salt because it can scratch and harm your car. Just plain water is recommended.

Winter is truly not an ideal time to drive, but with these tips, you can minimize your driving-related risks during the winter season. Click here to read an article similar to this.


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