The winter months can be brutal for anyone not living in a climate-controlled home. One of the worst parts is figuring out how to stay warm when you’re stuck in your car. Here are some creative ideas for staying warm when you’re in your car:
Make sure your vehicle is started early.
You do not necessarily have to turn the heater on when you start the car. Still, if you start the engine just a few minutes before you plan to get into the car, the engine will add a few degrees of warmth under the hood, and with the fan on, it will help warm up the atmosphere inside the vehicle.
Make sure to bring a warm beverage along with you.
It is impossible to think of a more comforting way to relieve the cold than to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee and cocoa. The best thing you can do to warm up is starting the coffee maker as soon as you leave the house.
It is a good idea to keep blankets in the back of the car.
Keep your passengers warm, too, by thinking about ways you can keep them warm. It is a good idea to keep a few blankets in the back seat so that everyone can be comfortable.
Consider purchasing a heater or seat cover that plugs into your car.
If the car heater is not working, this doesn’t necessarily mean you are out of luck. The use of a small 12V heater or a heated seat cover that plugs into the interior power socket on your car can offer some much-needed comfort while you are driving. Heated seat covers are available on Amazon for about $20, which is a small price to pay for the benefit of complete body warming!
Be sure to stock up on hand-warming packets.
It is a good idea to purchase several chemical hand-warming packets in bulk and keep them in your car. In one of these small warming packets, you will find a few tiny heating elements that are the perfect size for slipping into a glove or pocket of your pants to create heat close at hand (and to keep your hands warm as you drive). It is important to point out that the warmers do not activate until you open the individual packaging – so you can leave them in your car all the time, and they will still work just fine when you need them.
Make sure the windshield is covered.
Until you can take your car to the shop to repair the heater, you won’t be able to use your defroster to remove ice and snow from your windshield. Regardless of whether parking at a covered location is not feasible, you can still keep yourself from having to scrape ice or snow off your windshield during miserable weather conditions.
At a big-box retailer or online (like Walmart), you can buy a windshield cover for less than $15. The only thing that you will have to do is shake off anything that might accumulate on top of the cover, and then you’ll be on your way-no scraping or shivering needed.
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You should park in the garage.
You might have a cold day outside, but the chances are good that the temperature inside your garage will at least be a few degrees warmer. It is recommended that you park your car in a garage or covered area to protect it from the cold winter elements that can cause the interior temperature to drop.
Before You Leave, Here Are Some Things You Should Do
Even though we can’t always predict when severe weather will hit, there are some steps that you can take to prepare for a road trip before you leave.
Before you leave, you should check the weather reports. In the case of bad weather, you should avoid going out.
Tell someone your route, destination, and the time you expect to arrive if you must go out.
Ensure that your cell phone is charged fully and that you have a battery-operated charger.
Before you leave, make sure to warm up your vehicle for a few minutes.
Ensure that you have adequate tread on your tires or chains or studs if necessary where you are traveling.
Make sure that your gas tank is always full. Do not let it go less than half empty.
Don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt. Getting in the habit of doing so is a good idea.
Tips for Driving in the Winter
Here are a few winter driving tips that can help keep you out of harm’s way this winter.
It is very important to accelerate and decelerate very slowly when driving on snow or ice. It often takes a considerable amount of time to slow down on the ice.
It would help if you drove slowly when you were driving. It is not worth the risk of a few extra minutes by driving fast. People behind you can choose to go around or get over it if they do not like it.
It would help if you kept a good distance between your car and the car in front of you.
It would be best not to speed up on hills, as this can cause your tires to spin. Instead, you might want to get a bit of inertia going before you reach the hill and let it take you there. It is unnecessary to stop on a hill if you do not have to.
Take care when crossing bridges since they tend to ice over more quickly.
It would be best if you never used cruise control on a slippery surface, such as ice, snow, or water.
If you get stuck, here’s what you should do
We have now cleared all that up, and it’s time to talk about what you should do if your car gets stuck in harsh winter weather.
Remain Calm –
It is important to start by assessing the situation calmly. When you have been in a collision, the first thing you need to do is to check if you and your passengers are okay. The next thing you should do is check your vehicle for damage and see what prevents you from moving. You can call 911 or a tow truck if the severity of the situation requires.
Stay In Your Car –
If you can get your vehicle running but need to wait for help, it is usually most prudent to stay in the vehicle. As long as it is not in a location where it could be struck by another moving vehicle, your car will shelter you during the storm. It is recommended that you place roadside flares nearby your vehicle, so the driver of another vehicle or a rescue vehicle can find you.
Signal For Help –
You can tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna or put it at the top of a window that is rolled up. Leave the dome light on in the evening since it does not consume much energy. These are things that will alert rescuers that you need assistance.
Don’t Waste Gas –
As a result, one of your initial concerns will be staying warm while in a car because the interior of a car can lose heat quickly. You can run the engine if it is in good working order to get some heat. As long as you do not run it for more than 15 minutes each hour, you will be able to save Gas. Turning off all lights, radios, and accessories is very important when the car is not running.
Check Your Tailpipe –
You should, however, take the time to make sure that your exhaust pipe has not been blocked with snow before you start your engine. Snow or ice should be cleared away from the area, as a blocked tailpipe can cause poisonous monoxide gas to be released into the vehicle. You should recheck the tailpipe every time you turn on the heater if it is still snowing outside.
Bundle Up –
I think it’s best to cover up as much as possible. If you do not have blankets in your vehicle, you may use whatever you can find – newspapers, floor mats, etc.
Keep Hydrated –
What did you know that staying hydrated can help you stay warm and may even reduce your chances of getting hypothermia? In the absence of enough water in your car, however, you might be able to collect snow for melting and drinking. You should avoid eating snow in solid form to lower your core body temperature. Instead, it would be best if you waited for it to melt before eating it.
Huddle Up –
Keeping close to your passengers will keep you and them warm. (If your dog comes along, cuddle him up as well.)
Move your arms, legs, feet, and hands frequently to maintain circulation and keep warm.
These are some creative ways to stay warm in a car. There are many other creative, easy, and inexpensive ways to keep warm during the winter. Use these helpful hints if you need to stay warm for an extended time.