The cold snap is nearly upon us, and the temperatures are indeed dropping. That won’t stop mechanics from keeping on the job, and with fixing cars a year-round operation, preparation to keep warm has begun in earnest. As such, ClickMechanic have devised their own top tips for mechanics to keep warm – whether in the workshop, or by the roadside.
Andrew Jervis, Co-Founder of ClickMechanic, said: “Keeping warm has always been tricky for mechanics in the colder months. There is nothing worse than a mechanic not being able to utilise their mechanical expertise properly simply because it is cold. These tips will ensure that mechanics don’t fall victim to the temperatures – and are able to get cars back on the road this winter!”
- Invest in a solid pair of gloves – A sturdy pair of mechanics’ gloves is an absolute necessity for mechanics as the temperatures drop. Fiddling with fuel pumps, changing cambelts or switching a sensor requires a mechanic to have full capability in their digits, and a quality pair of mechanic gloves will not go amiss. Hands aren’t the best in dealing with cold temperatures, so gloves are a must.
- Use an industrial heater – Working in an open workshop can get nippy when the cold months arrive. There’s nothing worse than getting underneath a vehicle with the discomfort and awareness of dropping temperatures. An industrial heater will go a long way to fixing that problem. Whether it be electrical or gas-powered, getting one of these in the workshop will provide constant heat and ensure that mechanics don’t fall victim to the cold.
- Wrap up in overalls – Insulated overalls are an absolute must for mechanics when operating in cold temperatures. The security of near-full body warmth is beneficial when under a car in the workshop or performing a diagnostic inspection by the roadside.
- An extra pair of socks! – This tip applies to everyone in winter but more so to mechanics grafting in the chilly months. The feet and toes – along with the aforementioned hands – are the coldest parts of the body. This is due to them being the furthest away from the heart – the primary blood supply of the body. So, an extra pair of socks will ensure warmth when walking around the workshop or surveying a vehicle during a pre-purchase inspection.