In the snowy North, we’ve all heard the inevitable winter driving question: “Is it true you gotta warm up your car before you start driving?” To start, it is true that a car’s engine needs to be warmed for safe and efficient performance: the oil needs to be flowing properly and your heater needs to be on for you and your car to travel safely. Having said this, a lot of the specific advice floating around for warming up your car is long out of date, often in the form of “common sense” truisms passed down over the years. In fact, warming up your modern, fuel-injected car lubed with synthetic oil is not much different from a usual startup: let your car idle for 30 seconds to a minute, then drive normally for 5 or 10 minutes, and you should experience no issues.

Prep Well for Safe Travels

However, proper winter prep is still necessary before you hit the road. You want your windows and windshields completely cleared of snow and ice to ensure full visibility on the road, your windows defogged, and heaters working properly to keep your body warm.

Of course, all the prep in the world can’t guarantee you’ll never run into roadside trouble, and you’ll want the best assistance possible. That’s why Rapid Key Recovery is AAA’s trusted local partner in Hennepin County. If you need the assistance of Rapid Key Recovery, know that right now all our technicians are taking extra safety precautions when working on any business or residence, using hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks as they perform their work, as well as doing their best to maintain proper social distance. We’re also offering a 20% discount on select services to ease the pain during this crisis, and of course, by going through us, you’d be supporting an independent local business. You can contact us at (612) 370-0222) whenever you need service from Rapid Key Recovery!