The colder the winter, the more grateful you become for your beloved vehicle that provides you with warm transportation. That gratitude grows even higher when you have to shiver out in the cold with your vehicle broken down.
Here are some tips on what to do about your broken vehicle in winter to save you from such unfortunate situation.
When your vehicle does not start due to a discharged battery, you can get a boost from a functional vehicle near you. Once the engine starts, you need to keep it idling and drive the vehicle for a while to charge the battery. Discharge of a battery happens when you leave the cabin light, heated seat, headlights or other electric devices on for a prolonged time. The chance of discharge is higher in the winter because electric devices in your vehicle such as the heater, heated seats, and the rear window defogger are used more. Make sure that your battery is checked by a mechanic if discharge occurs repeatedly.
You won't have hot wind coming out right after startup. You have to wait until the engine gets hot. Turning the heater right after startup will increase the time to having hot wind because heat required by the engine is lost to the cabin. Instead, it is wise to turn on the heater after the engine has fully warmed up. Give the heater full power at first to warm the cabin and then reduce the power when you're ready to drive.
Nights are longer in the winter than in the summer, and headlights that become dimmer can suddenly get you into trouble. If this happens, pull your vehicle over to a safe place and check the battery terminals and cables. If any of them is found to be loose, tighten it with a tool. If there is no problem with the battery cables, the problem may lie in the generator, which requires checking by mechanics.
Muddy ditches are formed here and there after snowfall in the winter. If your vehicle's wheels keep spinning in a ditch no matter how hard you press down on the accelerator, put a solid object between the rear tread of the trapped wheel and the ground and reverse your vehicle to escape the ditch.
Alternatively, you can let some air out from the tire to give greater grip to the tire. Be careful not to let out too much air from the tire, otherwise, your vehicle may not be able to drive after getting clear.
Situations that fazes you while driving happen more in the winter. Be wise and use the tips of NEXEN TIRE above and stay hassle-free throughout the winter.