It was wicked cold here in New England last weekend. Where I was, in western New Hampshire, the temperature dropped to -20F, which is about -28C, for those of you outside of the United States. All kinds of issues occurred at those temperatures: broken pipes, dead batteries, and heating furnaces that just couldn’t keep up with the cold. The next day, with the temperature at 20F (-7C), it felt like spring. Everything is relative.
But in some places of the world, the low temperatures last more than a day. Siberia is one of those places. In the city of Yakutsk, winter high temperatures are typically below -20C (-4F), and the record low is -64C (-83F). It is the coldest city in the world. It is therefore no surprise that even starting a car at those temperatures can be challenging. It’s even more challenging when that vehicle is a decades-old UAZ 469B.
The short video below goes throw the challenges of not only starting a vehicle in Siberia but also safely driving it. Some procedures are really eye-opening, if not unexpected. I wonder how a modern car would do in those temperatures. Enjoy the video.