This winter, Wisconsin saw some of the coldest weather ever recorded. Extremely cold weather affects your car’s ability to start and drive properly. Not knowing how temperature affects your car creates a bigger headache when something goes wrong and you have to be somewhere.

Here’s how cold weather affects your car and what you can do to get moving in the bitter cold.

How Cold Weather Affects Your Car

Extremely cold weather can greatly affect your car’s drivability in multiple ways:


Cold temperatures are a known cause for power issues with automobiles. According to a post from Advance Auto Parts, cold temperatures hinder your battery’s ability to start and maintain power. The recent cold snap ushered in new research concluding that electric cars are less drivable in winter. According to research from the American Automobile Association, electric cars drivability drops by almost half in 20-degree weather.

People often suspect that their battery is the reason their car won’t start. However, the type of oil and how much a car has can affect their ability to start.


A post from Napa Auto Parts  revealed cold weather affects the thickness of motor oil. Choosing the right oil for your vehicle will ensure your car starts and functions normally. You should consult your car’s manual to see what type of oil your car uses. There are a variety of motor oils that withstand cold temperatures.

By changing your oil often, and taking your car in for maintenance, you can ensure your car is in shape to take on the cold weather. However, you can’t control the weather and may find yourself dealing with automobile issues in the least ideal conditions.

What To Do When The Cold Weather Strikes

Now that you know how the weather can affect your car’s drivability, here are some tips to help you get to where you need to be in the cold weather.

1. Let Your Car Run For at Least Five Minutes Before Driving

Cold weather can hinder an automobile’s ability to run, so allowing your car to run will ensure oil and electricity is circulating properly.

2. Park Your Car in a Garage Whenever You Can

For people living in the city, this may not be entirely accessible, but giving your car even a few hours of cover can make a difference. Consider parking your car in a garage while you’re at work or out running errands.

3. Have Someone You Can Call When Your Car Won’t Start

If you find yourself stuck somewhere because your car won’t start, it’s good to know who can come get you. Morgan’s Collision Center offers 24-hour towing!

4. Pack Warm Clothes and Blankets If Your Car Dies

Emergencies happen out of nowhere. Be sure to have blankets and warm clothes in case your battery dies from cold weather!

Know that you understand how the cold weather affects cars, you can be better prepared to get where you need without a hitch. If you have any questions regarding your automobile, it’s best to consult a professional. Morgan’s Collision Center provides detailing, paintless dent removal, express service and more!