Drivers warned of heating car as it can 'shorten life of your engine' and waste fuel

With temperatures starting to fall and the winter months approaching, drivers are preparing for cold mornings spent heating up their car. From clearing frost and ice off the windscreen to heating the car before setting off, Britons will be taking action to make their mornings easier.

Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing, urged drivers to follow steps to keep themselves and their cars heated without breaking the bank.

He said: “On frosty cold mornings, many drivers will wake up extra early to whack the heating up in their car. 

“Whilst this won’t consume a significant amount of fuel, it can actually shorten the life of your engine. 

“After having your vehicle in the cold overnight and then warming it up, this can cause extra fuel can go into the combustion chamber, which can leak onto your cylinder walls. 

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These can be placed across the interior of the vehicle the night before to make cold mornings more bearable.

Placing blankets across the seats will help produce heat inside the vehicle and minimise the defrosting process in the morning.

Motorists can also buy electric blankets that actually plug straight into the car’s cigarette lighter terminal, to keep them warm until your car heats up. 

With the cost of living crisis affecting all Britons, Mr Conway said it was vital for drivers to save as much money as they can.

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