Broken Heater? How to Survive the Rest of Winter When Your Heater is Not Working

Winter isn’t over just yet, and there’s still a possibility for another dip in temperatures before this Houston, Texas winter comes to a close. If your car’s heater didn’t survive the winter, this possibility of another cold spell may seem rather concerning. At Santa Ana Auto Care, we understand that no one wants to drive in the cold, even if you haven’t had a chance to get your heater fixed yet, so we’ve listed some tips to keep yourself warm when your vehicle’s heater isn’t working.


  1. Sip on a Warm Beverage

An easy and effective way to stay warm without a heater is by sipping on some hot coffee or tea. Before heading out the door, brew your favorite warm beverage to bring along on your ride. Not only will drinking warm beverages raise your body temperature, the cup can act as an effective hand warmer when you’re waiting at a stop light.


  1. Purchase a Heated Seat Cover

If your car’s seat warmers aren’t working (or your car does not have seat warmers), a heated seat cover may be a worthwhile investment. A cozy seat cover that plugs into the interior power socket of your car can provide some much-needed warmth when your heater is down. Search online for the best deals on this item – some can be found for around $20.


  1. Park Your Vehicle in the Garage

Even when temperatures are uncomfortably cold outside, you can raise the temperature of your vehicle’s interior a few precious degrees by parking in the garage. The garage protects your vehicle form the harsh winter elements, leading to a warmer ride when you need it most. As an added benefit, this also will protect your car from any winter debris that can damage the paint or finish on your car.


  1. Stock Up on Blankets

Store any blankets you don’t use from your home in your vehicle. They can be a lifesaver when your vehicle’s heater isn’t working. Before getting on the road, position the blanket so it covers both the entire seat. Not only will this prevent you from sitting directly on a cold seat, the blanket will also help utilize your body warmth to keep you cozy. Before you begin driving, it is important to ensure that the blanket is not hanging down where your feet will be, as this could pose a safety hazard.


While a broken heater is something no driver wants to experience, especially when winter isn’t quite over, it doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. These easy tips can help you stay warm until you can have a professional look at the issue. If your heater didn’t make it through the winter, give Santa Ana Auto Care a call at (713) 956-1145. We are your one stop shop for automotive services in Houston, Texas.

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