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Winter wise

Before you make a cold start in sub-zero temperatures, leave the ignition on for approximately five seconds, before activating the starter motor. This will allow fuel pumps time to pressurise and the car’s electrical system will have the chance to complete any diagnostics check first, saving the battery the extra stress of performing these tasks while it has to churn the engine over.

If you cover mostly short journeys, it’s also possible that your engine never gets the chance to warm up fully during winter. If your average journey is only a few miles, take your car for an extended drive at least once a fortnight, at speeds over 45mph, assuming the conditions are safe enough to do so. This will give the battery more chance to recharge and, if fitted, will allow the particulate filter to regenerate on diesel cars.