Published October 27, 2016
Six tips to get ready for winter
Winter is upon us. For many, this is bad news, especially after the beautiful summer we have just experienced. For others, winter sports fans in most cases, the arrival of colder temperatures will be well received. But regardless of whether we are happy or sad about the upcoming winter season, the fact remains that as drivers, we have to take precautions.
Driving in winter is never easy, and for many drivers it is by no means a pleasant experience. That said, if we are well-prepared, we should be fine driving in winter. We just have to make sure we take certain precautions.
Here are six tips to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.
- Install winter tires
Do not wait too long to install winter tires on your vehicle. Once the temperature drops below seven degrees, the effectiveness of our summer tires and even some all-season tires is greatly reduced. Quebec law requires the installation of winter tires by December 15, but we all know that cold temperatures and snow arrive well before that date. So as soon as fall has clearly arrived and cold temperatures are constant in the morning, think about installing winter tires.
- Check your coolant
Coolant is used to balance the temperature of your engine and prevent damage related to changes in the weather. In winter, temperatures fluctuate greatly, so it is important to always have a good coolant reserve that meets a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze.
- Take a look at the battery
Your battery will be tested during winter mainly because of temperature changes described above. It is therefore important to make sure it is in good condition if you want to avoid problems starting your engine this winter. Generally, a battery does not last longer than three or four years, depending on the use. Also, think about the previous winter. Did you notice that the performance of your battery was in decline? If so, it is probably wise to consider a replacement.
- Prepare a survival kit
All drivers should have a survival kit in their vehicle in winter that will be very useful if we ever get caught and have to wait for help. The survival kit should include windshield washer fluid, a shovel, road salt, warm clothes, a cell phone charger, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, bottled water, utensils, a lighter or matches and booster cables.
- Make sure you have good windshield wipers
Heavy snow can quickly hinder visibility behind the wheel if we do not have the right wipers. In addition, the ice that accumulates on the windshield will quickly damage our wipers if they are not adapted to the cold season. So if you want to maximize your visibility this winter, buy winter windshield wipers.
- Perform Maintenance
Winter is not kind to your vehicle. So it is wise to do a complete maintenance and mechanical inspection before the arrival of the cold in order to detect problems that could be accentuated when winter rolls around.
In closing, if you have a pickup or rear-wheel drive vehicle, it is wise to add weight to the rear to improve traction. Sandbags do very nicely.
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