Cold Weather Woes? Try Remote Start.

Remote start technology allows owners to warm up their vehicle in cold temperatures that can sap efficiency and performance.

Our Evaluation of Remote Start

Cold weather can rob your vehicle of efficiency and performance.

During the Winter Adventure Drive the Ford F-150 had a remote start button on its key fob that allowed the truck to start and warm up its engine without braving below-zero temperatures. The Tesla smartphone app served to remote start the Model X and monitor its interior temperature and activate its heated seats.

Starting the vehicle in advance allows it to warm up, helping it reach optimal efficiency temperature that would otherwise drain because of the cold. Some manufacturers include mobile apps that also activate interior heating and heated seats, making for a pleasant welcome.

Step 1: Find a Vehicle with Remote Start

Remote start is available on an increasing number of light trucks. The Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Titan offer remote start as an option. Several manufacturers offer remote start kits, and there are also many aftermarket options.

Step 2: Connect to the Smartphone App (if available)

Mobile apps can control several key functions of the vehicle, including remote start. General Motors has the RemoteLink app,with features like remote start, locking and unlocking the doors, and locating the vehicle. Tesla’s app will even control the interior temperature.

Step 3: Start It and Go

Most vehicles that operate remote start from the key fob require the user to lock the doors, and then hold or double-press the remote start button to turn the engine on. Once the vehicle is started remotely, let the engine warm up for about 30 to 60 seconds, then it’s ready to go.

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