Calling all Canadians! Get your car winter ready before the snow begins to fall. Yes friends, winter is coming and there’s not much we can do to stop it. Even if it ends up being a milder winter with little snow, you should still prepare your car for the colder season. These simple tips will help you drive safer, arrive sooner and make you more comfortable with the changing road conditions that winter brings.
1. Start with an oil change
If you haven’t had your oil changed recently, now is the time to do it. The oil in your engine keeps many parts lubricated to ensure that they work flawlessly. During the winter, the colder temperatures result in a slight thickening of the oil, which is especially true of older, used oil. This is an inexpensive way to get your car winter-ready and overall, it’s a great car maintenance practice! Read more about common car care myths.
2. Install winter tires
Winter tires not only help you maintain control while driving, but they can also save you money! Did you know that you’re eligible for a winter tire insurance discount? Winter tires provide better traction in the winter because they use a different rubber material than all-season tires. These tires remain flexible during colder months, enabling better grip on the road during inclement weather. Winter tires can be put on as soon as the temperature hits 7 degrees Celsius, making your car winter ready. If you want to save even more money on car insurance, request a no-obligation quote right now!
3. Check your tire pressure
You should be checking your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter season. Cold air will drop the pressure in your tires, causing them to lose traction on ice and snow. To be safe, make sure you check the pressure on your tires after every 5-7°C drop or rise in temperatures. Also, don’t forget to check the pressure on your spare tire to ensure that your car is winter ready!
4. Get new wiper blades
One thing we often forget about is our wiper blades. In winter, the rubber can easily crack or break. If you have blades with exposed hinges, they can easily get clogged with snow and ice. If you haven’t changed your blades within the last year, now is a good time to do so!
5. Top up your windshield washer fluid
You may not have used it other than to clear off some bugs from the windshield during the summer, but now would be the time to check your washer fluid. Even if there’s still a lot, it’s far easier to top it up now while it’s not so cold on your hands! Also, make sure you use actual Antifreeze and not water as it will freeze and potentially damage your tube.
6. Inspect your battery
Jumpstarting your car in the middle of a snowstorm is no fun, but it happens to the best of us. Before the temperatures drop, check your battery to see if there are any warning signs that it might die on you. If the connections are showing signs of corrosion, that can be an issue. You should also check out the water levels to ensure that they are in good standing. Batteries are rated for about 4 years, so if you’re past that, consider a new battery as an early holiday gift to yourself!
7. Put a winter emergency kit in your trunk or back seat
Winter is a common time for roadside emergencies. To get your car winter ready, throw in our ultimate winter safety kit to help manage any problems you may run into. An emergency kit can be the difference between an inconvenience and a life-threatening situation! Some items to include in your emergency kit are:
- A blanket
- Non-perishable food/energy & protein bars
- A shovel
- Road flares
- Small tool kit
- Duct tape
- Caution signs
- A First-Aid kit
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher