How to protect your car in winter

As south east Queensland shivered through a bitterly cold morning, RACQ has reminded drivers of the impacts low temperatures could have on their car.

The Courier Mail reported Applethorpe, in the Granite Belt, had recorded a temperature of -4.4C, while Warwick, Dalby and Oakey fell to -3.6C, -2.7C and -2.5C respectively. Brisbane escaped the worst of the arctic blast but still began the day with a chilly 9.5C.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it wasn’t just people who found it hard to get going on winter mornings, with their cars also feeling the effects.

“If you park outside you may be greeted by a frost covered windscreen on cold mornings,” Ms Ross said.

“While it might seem like a quick fix, don’t try to clear it with warm water as this could cause it to crack.

“A plastic scraper, or even a credit card, are the best tools to lift ice from the glass. Switching on the air conditioning will dry the air inside the car and clear foggy windows much faster than the demister alone.”

Ms Ross said early starters should remember they don’t need to need to wake the neighbours by idling the car before heading off for day.

“Modern cars don’t need to be warmed up like older models, so you don’t need to waste time and fuel idling the engine in the driveway,” she said.

“A few seconds is all you need before you can be on your way.

“Your car will also respond better in the morning if it hasn’t spent the night out in the cold. Even if you don’t have access to a garage it’s good idea to get it undercover if you can.”