- Full winter garb at the wheel?: gloves, coats and scarves tend to limit your freedom of movement, and therefore are a safety risk. “Wearing gloves is only recommended in exceptional cases when low temperatures can cause a loss of feeling in the hands at the wheel”, the expert points out.
- Heated seats to warm up quickly: they are the most effective way to get warm in the least time possible. This system provides even warmth in just three minutes. “They should be activated as soon as you get in the car and gradually regulated as you feel warmer. You should also avoid using them at high temperature for long periods”, advises María.
- The ideal travelling temperature: is 21.5 °C and it is called the ‘comfort temperature’. The climate control’s Auto setting automatically regulates the interior temperature of your car. “It provides a balanced heat distribution: half of the warm air comes out at around 40 °C near your feet and cools by the time it reaches your upper body and head, keeping you more alert at the wheel”, explains the engineer. In fact, driving when the upper part of the body is extremely warm can cause drowsiness: “Driving with an interior temperature of 35 °C is similar to having a blood alcohol level of 0.5 g/l”, she warns.
- Heat at no extra cost: heating does not consume any extra fuel or water. The reason is that “hot water generated by the motor is used for heating and it returns to the engine at a much lower temperature, so it actually benefits the engine radiator.”
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