Cold weather calls for working vehicles

Warm wishes, warm hearts and warm oil are what is needed to survive the holiday season once again.

  • Dec. 17, 2008 5:00 p.m.

Warm wishes, warm hearts and warm oil are what is needed to survive the holiday season once again. With the recent temperatures in Alberta dropping dramatically to around -30C without the wind chill, it’s very important to plug in vehicles in order to maintain your daily routine.

When plugging in your car, van or truck try and use a timer on the block heater to help reduce your energy consumption. A car only needs to be plugged in three hours before it’s started.

“Plugging your vehicle in when temperatures drop below -15C allows your block heater to warm the oil in your engine,” said Randy Loyk, with AMA Automotive Services. “When the oil has been warmed before your start your vehicle, you will have less trouble starting the engine. And since cold temperatures cause oil to thicken, making your vehicle harder to start, it’s a good idea to switch to synthetic grade oil in the winter which keeps its viscosity better in cold temperatures.”

AMA responds to over 300 calls a day across the province of Alberta from people who have locked their keys in their vehicles. With the oncoming cold weather, make sure to keep a spare key with you at all times to avoid being stranded or having your car stolen and left to fend for yourself.

Check the forecast before long trips and make sure that the necessary tools, blankets and equipment are in your car before going on a long driving trip.

Just Posted

Darrell Paulovich remembered after accident claims his life

A tragic accident claimed the life of a rodeo advocate over the weekend

Video reaction sheds light on employee rights

A McDonald’s Ponoka customer’s reaction to a labour issue created some training opportunities

Ponoka soldiers killed in action in WWI recognized in worldwide vigil

The World Remembers vigil concludes this year following the centenary of the last year of WWI

Ponoka residents asked to provide input in 2019 budget

Ponoka’s budget process is underway and council hopes to hear from residents on their priorities

Serious collision north of Ponoka

Emergency crews were on scene of a serious collision north of Ponoka on Highway 2

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Theft of $140,000 in machinery investigated in County of Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate theft of pipe fusion equipment

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Flash floods kill at least 7 people in southwest France

Flash floods have left several people dead in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight, authorities said Monday.

Trump to visit Florida, Georgia; search ongoing for missing

The death toll from Michael’s destructive march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17.

Most Read