There are very few things worse than sitting in a cold car during the winter. Nobody wants to wait for the car to warm up, and those first frosted minutes of your trip usually involve trying to turn the radio on with gloves, wishing for heated seats if you don’t have them, and watching the engine temperature as it moves ever so slowly off the “C”.  These are probably the times where you appreciate your vehicle’s heating system the most.  When the heat finally starts kicking in and warming your extremities, you realize how essential it is to keep this system working properly during the winter season.  In order to make sure everything is working properly, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup before it gets too cold.

Here are a few things to think about when it comes to your Not only is the heat important for your comfort, it is critical for your safety. This time of year, the roads can be treacherous. If they are covered in ice or snow and you become stranded or get into an accident, you will need your heating system in working order while you wait for help to arrive.

“It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes,” states Ready, a public service announcement (PSA) organized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Ready recommends that you have both your heater and defroster checked professionally before driving in winter weather. So, if you still haven’t had them checked out, make sure that scheduling an appointment is at the top of your to-do list. Making sure that your thermostat is in proper working order will also ensure that your heating system will work efficiently to keep you happy and safe when the temperature dips.

According to Ready, winter storms are known to be deceptively dangerous because many resulting injuries are not directly caused by the events of the storm. Ready indicates that traffic accidents and exposure to the cold can be some of the most dangerous aspects of inclement winter weather. That is why it is especially important to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

“Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage,” warns AAA. This is important to keep in mind because the cold weather can tempt people to warm up their vehicles before they leave the comfort of the garage. It is far better to get into a chilly car than to risk the health of yourself or a family member, so don’t risk the dangers associated with the buildup of exhaust fumes that can result from running your car in an improperly ventilated space.

The cold weather is here, but fortunately your 5 Points Automotive can help you make sure that you will be warm and comfortable whenever you venture out in your vehicle