Pre heating: What does it mean?

Warming the cabin while the car is plugged in to save battery.

Pre heating: The long answer

Pre heating in car terminology refers to the process of warming up the engine before starting the vehicle, especially during cold weather conditions. In the UK, where temperatures can drop significantly in winter, pre heating is important to ensure that the engine runs smoothly and efficiently.

When pre heating, the driver typically activates a system that warms up the engine coolant, which in turn warms up the engine block. This helps to reduce the strain on the engine when starting, as cold temperatures can cause oil to thicken and make it harder for the engine to turn over. Preheating also aids in reducing wear and tear on engine components, as well as improving fuel efficiency.

In the UK, many modern cars are equipped with built-in preheating systems, which can be activated remotely using a key fob or a smartphone app. This allows drivers to start their engines and warm them up from the comfort of their homes, ensuring a more pleasant and efficient driving experience. It is particularly useful in the UK, where cold weather can be common, and pre heating helps prevent any potential issues from starting a cold engine.