Why Keeping Your Car Stored in the Garage this Winter Is a Good Idea

Garage kept automobiles

garage kept automobilesThe harsh winter weather and all its elements can bring great damage to your vehicle when left outside, which is why it is always recommended that you keep your car in the garage during this time of the year. If you’re looking for more specific and compelling reasons though, here’s a list for you.

One of the most common problems that you’ll face when you leave your car out in the drive during winter is frozen locks. This usually happens when the temperature falls below zero, and the water or moisture that collected on your car’s keyhole turns to ice. There are instances when people who didn’t know about this forced their keys and ended up breaking them. Another part of your car that usually freezes during winter is your wiper, which you usually need to dig out from under a life of snow on your windshield.

Getting your car to warm up also takes a lot longer time when left outside, which can be a real hassle when you’re in a hurry and avoiding rush hour. The battery also weakens, because normally, batteries work best in temperatures between 30-90 Fahrenheit, and anything lower than that means serious disaster for your battery. Aside from the battery, spark plugs also weaken during colder temperatures.

Aside from these, fluids also tend to become thicker during the cold weather. That includes all fluids in your vehicle – the transmission, the brakes, the power steering, the oil and a whole lot of others. Remember that for your car to run smoothly, these fluids need to flow smoothly and continuously – especially the brake fluids – or else you endanger yourself and your passengers.

Put these all together and it can be hard to get your car running perfectly – it may not even run at all.

You can avoid all these trouble and damage on your car by keeping it in the garage. The heat there will make sure that your keyholes and wipers don’t freeze, and that your battery and spark plugs are all nice and warm so you won’t have any trouble getting the car started. More importantly though, keeping your car in your garage during winter gives you peace of mind that it will work perfectly when you need it to.

1 Comment

  1. Using a garage makes a lot of sense. We’ve got one car that no one really drives, but we don’t have a ton of space in our garage. It’s nice that the fluids are kept warm and things, so we’ll probably find a storage unit to put it in for the winter.

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