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5 Ways to Stay Warm in Your Car

Nov 03, 2016

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Take heed... Winter is coming!

Everyone loves the brisk weather, and beautiful scenery that Fall delivers us each year. However, darker times lay just around the corner. Soon the temperature will drop to unbearably cold levels, and everything will be covered in ice, sleet or frost. This is usually a miserable period to drive; since it can take forever for your car to heat up, so we've gathered together some tips to help keep you warm! Here are the top 5 ways to keep your car warm!

Hot Accessories - There are a ton of nifty items you can purchase that will help keep you warm in your icebox. Hand warmers are a very cheap portable solution and are extremely efficient at thawing out freezing extremities. You can also invest in seat warmers, steering wheel warmers and other miniature heating devices to help heat up your car while you're waiting for the engine to warm up.

Get a Block Heater- Block heaters help heat up your engine more quickly and can serve as an even better alternative than your car's heater. They require an outside source of electricity, so make sure you have an available outlet wherever you park your vehicle. You can also buy little portable car heaters that plug into your cigarette lighter.

Drive on the Highway - When you drive slowly and frequently stop, it takes your car longer to heat up. Because of this, be sure to take advantage of driving on the highway to your destination as much as possible. The high speed will make your engine run faster, thus making the heater ready sooner.

Air Circulation - Once your engine warms up a bit, turn your heater fan up to the highest speed and press the recirculation button. Doing so will heat the air in the car that's already slightly warm instead of drawing in the cold air from outside. This can also help you defrost your mirrors faster and at a more efficient rate.

Covered Parking - This may seem like a no-brainer, but it really is the best way to help expedite the car warming process. Park in garages, under canopies or any other areas with controlled temperatures, whenever you get a chance. You won't have to scrape off any snow and it may keep your engine a little warmer while you're away.

Before the cold weather hits, make sure that you're covered. Give us a call to make sure that your auto, home, boat, RV insurance policy is up to date, and you've got the best rate and coverage possible!