my car and have hard time in winter snows?

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My saturn aura xe 07 like most cars sucks in winter driving, i could do part time uber buuut il need to fix some minor things in my car. A suv they are great in snow drive and that was always gonna be my next vehicle. Should i get an suv through lift uba and pay weekly and drive suv knowing snow wont be a problem or fix up my car and have hard time in winter snows???

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May 3, 2020 5:22 AM

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Gasoline, like any other liquid, evaporates less when it is cold. You have seen this -- if you pour water onto a hot sidewalk it will evaporate a lot faster than it will from a cooler place like a shady sidewalk. When it gets really cold, gasoline evaporates slowly so it is harder to burn it (the gasoline must be vaporized to burn). Sometimes you will see people spray ether into their engines in cold weather to help them start -- ether evaporates better than gasoline in cold weather.

May 30, 2020 1:35 PM

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The whole "starting your car in cold weather" thing can be a big problem for people who live up north, and especially for people who live in really cold places like Alaska. A battery is a can full of chemicals that produce electrons (see How Batteries Work for more information). The chemical reactions inside of batteries take place more slowly when the battery is cold, so the battery produces fewer electrons. The starter motor therefore has less energy to work with when it tries to start the engine, and this causes the engine to crank slowly.

June 3, 2020 9:25 PM

Drive slower than usual. Following the speed limit is a good rule to live by, and it’s important to follow it to keep all drivers safe on the road (We’re looking at you, lead-footers!). If you’re uncertain about the conditions of the road, go around 10 mph under the speed limit, to be safe. The faster your car is going, the less reaction time you’ll have to handle your car skidding on ice.

Keep your accelerating and decelerating slow. Try not to rev-up or slam on the brakes, for both actions could launch your car into a tailspin.


June 5, 2020 11:25 PM

To check a conventional battery, remove the plastic caps on the top and check the fluid level. (See your owner's manual.) If the fluid is low, add distilled water. On maintenance-free batteries, check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state. If it's more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a top-rated model.

You can have the battery professionally tested at a service station, auto parts store, or repair shop. A tired battery may just need to be charged. But if it's defective or just worn out, it's best to replace it before it goes completely dead. 

June 11, 2020 2:11 PM

The best cars for driving with Uber/Lyft are hybrid SUV's. You get amazing mileage on them and they can handle all weather.


A Toyota RAV4 Hybrid seems to be the cheapest at the moment, a reliable brand.

July 27, 2020 12:49 AM