As much as we hate to admit it, winter is on its way, and with it a whole new set of automobile challenges. Keep your vehicle on the road is a task in itself, but getting through an East Coast Canadian winter takes some doing. Here’s what we recommend to make sure that you’re safe and sound while the snow flies.
Getting the oil in your vehicle changed regularly is important, but making sure you get the RIGHT kind of oil is important, too. As the weather gets colder, oil tends to get thicker, If you don’t have the right viscosity of oil in your vehicle it won’t lubricate your vehicle correctly, which can cause performance issues. Check your vehicle’s manual for manufacturer recommendations depending on temperatures and climates.
All-Seasons can definitely get you through a winter, but you do lose some control in colder weather. Winter tires are ideal, especially in hilly areas that receive a lot of snow. For ease of changing come spring, get them mounted on a new set of rims.
Your wipers should be changed with every oil change to make sure that they’re working at their peak. When you change them for the winter, fill your washer fluid tank with cold-weather fluid to avoid it freezing to your windshield.
Build an Emergency Kit
On the off chance that something goes wrong while you’re driving, you want to be as prepared as possible. You can purchase emergency kits at your local department store, or you can build your own. Consider packing warm clothing, an ice scraper, a small shovel, some non-perishable food, flares, jumper cables, and a tool kit.
All in all, winter can be a wonderful time of year with the beauty of newly fallen snow and taking advantage of winter activities, but it’s always important to be prepared!