Top Tips on How to Prepare Electric Vehicles for Cold Weather
As the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to soar, it’s crucial for drivers to understand the unique challenges these cars face, especially during the winter months. While EVs offer numerous benefits, including enhanced fuel efficiency, they also come with specific concerns that necessitate careful preparation. We explore practical tips on how to ensure a smooth and safe winter driving experience.
Wheel and Tyre Challenges
Recent research by LV=Britannia Rescue has highlighted a prevalent issue for EVs related to wheel and tyre problems. Surprisingly, these issues have caused more breakdowns than dead batteries over the past three years, emphasizing the need for attention. Here are some key findings:
- 37% of EV breakdowns were caused by wheel or tyre problems.
- 11% of EV breakdowns were attributed to dead batteries.
- 16% of breakdowns in petrol or diesel cars were due to wheel or tyre issues.
Experts suggest that the added weight of EV batteries, which can make these vehicles up to 50% heavier than their traditional counterparts, may contribute to the higher incidence of wheel and tyre problems. Additionally, the absence of spare wheels in many EV designs reduces the ability of drivers to address these issues independently.
Winter Preparedness Tips
To navigate winter challenges and minimise the risk of breakdowns, EV drivers should take the following precautions:
Routine Tyre Checks
Regularly inspect tyre conditions, alignment, and pressure. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific guidance on maintaining your EV’s tyres.
Be aware of the weather conditions before hitting the road. Cold and wet weather can impact battery performance, increasing the likelihood of running out of charge. Plan accordingly and anticipate reduced battery efficiency in adverse conditions.
Most EVs come equipped with apps featuring pre-heat functions. Utilise this feature to warm up and defrost your vehicle before driving. Unlike traditional vehicles, idling an EV for an extended period can deplete the battery faster.
Winter driving presents unique challenges, and the risks associated with vehicle breakdowns are heightened during this season. Neglecting the care of your EV can result in substantial losses.
As winter sets in, EV owners must be proactive in addressing the challenges associated with cold weather. By staying informed and taking preventive measures, drivers can ensure a safer and more reliable driving experience. If you have any further questions or need additional information on EVs and winter road safety, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01905 21681 or alternatively email Enquiries@sutcliffeinsurance.co.uk.