The forecast for this Wednesday and Thursday, January 7th and 8th, are cold to say the least. The Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware is slated to get a few inches of snow on Tuesday January 6th, with the following two days staying in the 20s or lower. It’s even possible the feel for Wednesday and Thursday to be in the single digits. So, with that being said, there are some things to be aware of this week.
You need to make sure your vehicle is reliable and will still be able to get you to work on these cold days this week. One of the main things to check is your vehicle’s battery. Does your car start up slowly? Maybe it takes a couple turns of the ignition to start? You may want to look into the amount of Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) that your battery still puts out. CCA/cranking amps determine how much power you have to start your car in cold climates. The best way to check this is to take it to your Maryland or Delaware dealer or service shop to get it tested. A battery that no longer produces the needed amount of CCA’s to start your vehicle is not good and will leave you stranded where ever you are. If you pay attention to your car’s battery and conduct a few tests and observations along the way, you’ll reduce your risk of being stranded on the road.
Also make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in your reservoir, AND make sure it’s not too watered down because it may freeze if it’s too diluted. Think about having a blanket and flashlight in your trunk as well, just to be safe in the direst of situations.
Another thing you’ll want to think about is the amount of time you’ll need to get to work. If snow or ice accumulates overnight then you’ll need to give yourself extra time to warm your car up and scrape the snow/ice off the windows. It’s often something people forget but if you can’t afford to be late for work, then it’s something you’ll want to remember! Warming your vehicle up before driving is one major thing you can do to lengthen the life of your car in general.
It’s not too often that the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware gets this cold, but it is almost guaranteed it will be in the single digits at some point this week so the best you can do is to be prepared. Get your car’s battery checked out as well as anything else you might be wondering about before the cold temperatures hit Delmarva!