Myth Busters: Cars in the cold edition

Myth Busters: Cars in the cold edition

Subfreezing temperatures are not only uncomfortable, they can make driving a hassle. Several tips people swear by, though, might contain more fiction than fact. Let's get to busting some myths, shall we?

Many folks say that it's necessary to start your car and let it warm up before driving to prevent engine damage.

"It's probably not as important these days with newer cars but it makes sense to me to let it warm up and get up to operating temperature, and then take off," said Mike Davis, general manager of D&D Tire Company.

But if you don't have time to let your car warm up, you won't do any permanent damage to it. One myth busted!

Some folks also think that pouring boiling water on their windshield is the best way to clear the ice. False!

"They make all types of ice scrapers," said Davis. "They make de-icer spray that will get rid of the ice, too."

But the most effective method is simply using your defroster. Plus, it gets your car nice and toasty before you hit the road. Avoid using your windshield wipers to scrape off ice because it will wear them out faster.

As far as tires are concerned, Davis explained that for every ten degree drop in temperature, you lose about a pound of air pressure. Most cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that will let you know when your tire pressure is low.

"When the light pops on, drop by and we'll fill them up for you," said Davis.

Another thing that is certainly not a myth, is the importance of checking your car's battery. If you have a weak battery that will crank your car in the summer, it probably won't during the coldest days of winter. Drive safe!