De-mystifying winter driving myths: SEAT's top tips

  • Setting an evenly distributed interior temperature of 21.5 °C is the key to safe, comfortable winter driving
  • To remove the mist from the windows you should point the air vents towards the glass and turn on the air conditioning on high for several minutes
  • Unlike air conditioning, heating the car does not consume any extra fuel or water
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Martorell, 03/01/2019. – As the UK enters a cold snap, SEAT has drawn up its advice and recommendations for greater comfort and safety when driving in cold weather.

Getting it wrong is all too easy. According to the Barcelona-based vehicle manufacturer, drivers who set an interior car temperature of 35°C will have reaction times comparable to someone nearing the drink drive limit in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  

Another common mistake is drivers who fail to use the car’s air conditioning system to de-fog the windows.

María García, an engineer in SEAT’s Development and Aerodynamics Department, provides her tips on how to stay safe in the car throughout winter:

  • Heated seats to help the driver warm up quickly
    Heated seats 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 García.
  • Try not to wear 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”, María points out.
  • How to de-mist the windows
    The contrast between the low temperature on the exterior and a warmer car interior makes the windows fog up. “When faced with this situation, you should turn the air conditioning all the way up and point the vents towards the windows and windscreen, says García.
  • The ideal travelling temperature
    21.5 °C has been dubbed 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 García. 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. This matches the Scottish drink drive limit and is very close to the limit of 0.8g/l in England, Ireland and Wales. 
  • Heat at no extra cost
    Heating does not consume any extra fuel or water. The reason is, as García explains: “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.”

ENDS

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries on all five continents. In 2017, SEAT obtained an after tax profit of 281 million euros, sold close to 470,000 cars and achieved a record turnover of more than 9.5 billion euros.

The SEAT Group employs more than 15,000 professionals and has three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Arona and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Tarraco in Germany, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia. 

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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