Popular Mechanics Debunks Cold Weather Myths

Love it or loathe it, this cold weather seems to have no end.  This often brings about unexpected events when you go out to warm up the car in the morning or a little creative thinking when it comes to keeping your car moving down the road.  Today, we turn to Popular Mechanics writer and also fellow Michigander Mike Allen to Debunk 5 Cold-Weather Car Myths:

1) “Will carrying sandbags in your trunk really improve traction?”

2) “My mom was telling me how everyone at her office goes out at lunch to run their cars for 10 minutes or so, the theory being that if it starts at lunch, it will start after work. True or False? Is this good practice?”

3) “I don’t know if it’s because “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” but why do so many batteries die during the winter? I know a few people that have had car batteries die, two of them because the cables came loose. Is this just a coincidence or is it a result of the cold?”

4) “I noticed that after a few days of heavy snow, the wiper squirters stopped working. I thought it was because they had frozen. My aunt says it’s because of sediment in the tank that clogged it. What’s the likely cause, and how do you prevent it?”

5) “When it’s really cold, the windshield wipers accumulate ice no matter how well I scrape them and even when I have the heat on high, blasting the windshield. In the middle of my commute, the wipers will start streaking, greatly reducing visibility. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Additives to my fluid? Special wiper blades?”

Click here for the answers in the full article: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a3891/4301503/.

When all else fails you can address your pessimism or perhaps unending optimism by belting out Ella Fitzgerald’s “Heatwave,”

We’re having a heatwave

A tropical heatwave

The temperature’s rising…


Written by Ann Weber

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