Cold weather will negatively impact your car’s battery. As such, it’s sensible to keep your car warm in winter, so that you can avoid the chaos that comes when your car’s ignition just won’t start. Here’s how…

How to keep your car warm in winter

Cover it up

Use a windshield cover, waterproof or outdoor car cover, or blanket to cover your car up whenever you’re not driving it. The cover will help to reduce the amount of heat lost from the car, keeping the battery a little warmer.

Park in a garage

If you have access to a garage, it’s sensible to park your car there during the winter – especially if you’re leaving the vehicle for long stretches of time. Even if the garage isn’t heated, it’ll nonetheless keep the car warmer than it would be outside.

If you don’t have garage access, try parking your vehicle so that it’s out of the worst of the wind. Alternatively, choose a sunny spot, as the extra rays can help to boost the vehicle’s temperature.

Use a block heater

Warming the engine up before driving it can help to reduce risk of damage from starting it cold. A block heater will do this for you. It can also help to prevent the engine coolant from gelling, which then delivers heat more effectively to the radiator.

You could also invest in a battery pad heater or battery thermal wrap, both of which are designed to guard against the worst impact of the cold.

Finance a car to keep you going through winter

If it’s time to upgrade your drive, determine your car finance eligibility with My Car Credit. We can help you get behind the wheel of a vehicle with modern technologies, keeping you safe through the cold months.

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Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.87%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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