Winter Solstice: Driving your classic car in the winter

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Owning a classic car can be pleasurable but due to their age and lack of contemporary safety and performance features they may not always be the most practical option for winter driving. However, there are a few things to take into account if you still wish to drive a vintage vehicle in the winter:

Weight: A classic car with a solid, substantial build may be a better option for winter driving because heavier vehicles tend to be more stable in slick situations.

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Tires: Make sure your antique car’s tires are in good shape and have enough tread to give you traction on ice and snow. For more traction, you might also want to think about utilizing tire chains or winter tires.

Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive cars react differently in winter driving conditions. Please be aware of drivetrain differences and how each set up can affect traction on snow.

Heating and defrosting: A warm, clear windshield is necessary for safe winter driving, so check that your antique car’s heating and defrosting systems are in good working order.

Maintenance: Keeping your classic car in good condition is always a good idea, but it’s crucial during the winter when the roads are slick, and the weather is harsh. Before beginning a winter trip, make sure the car is mechanically sound and that all systems are functioning properly.

The Volvo 240, Mercedes-Benz 300D, and BMW 2002 are a few classic cars that, depending on the model and its state, can be appropriate for winter travel.