If you have an electric vehicle it’s really important to make sure you keep your vehicle charged and allow more time for charging on the cold winter days, said the co-founder of Elmodrive.com, Olly Jones.
Batteries work slower in colder weather and so when the temperature drops you need to make sure you’re keeping your vehicle as charged as possible, around 40-80% is ideal. If you have the ability to store your car in a garage then you should do so.
“It’s also important to perform checks on your car before you depart, this includes making sure you have sufficient battery power for your journey.
“In winter it’s vital to check your tyres more often than normal as cold temperatures and poor road conditions can affect tyre pressure and condition. Damaged tyres mean you will have less control over your vehicle which can be disastrous in icy or wet conditions.”
He added, “If the worst should happen and you do break down in the cold weather, it’s important to be prepared. Keep extra jumpers, blankets and water in the car. If you have hand warmers they’re a great idea too.
“If you’re going on an especially remote journey it’s a good idea to take some food in case you are stuck waiting for breakdown support for a long time and tell someone where you’re going and estimated time of arrival.”