Tires are often an overlooked part of a well performing vehicle. Did you know that if you wanted to shorten your stopping distance, it's often recommended to upgrade or change your tires first?
For winters in Ontario, you have a variety of options to choose from – either winter tires, ice radials and all-weather tires. We suggest purchasing winter tires, because its generally safer. They have more tread, increase the grip, decrease your stopping distance and most insurance companies give you a discount just for having them on.
Although it may be costly at first, keep in mind that by having two sets of tires for the entire year (summer tires and winter tires) – you'll be able to stretch out the life span of each set by getting twice the mileage out of both.
2. Replace your Windshield Wiper Blades.
Nobody likes a streaky windshield while driving, especially when you're sitting in traffic on your way home from work and the car in front of you is kicking up snow and sleet onto your screen. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of reliable wiper blades that are specifically formulated for ice and snow. You'll be thanking yourself later.
3. Top Up your Fluid Levels.
This ties into our second tip – make sure you have the right wiper fluid for winter. There are a lot of different options, though generally you want to buy wiper fluid that rated for at least -30 degrees Celsius. Aside from wiper fluid, check your engine coolant level as it is crucial to keeping your interior toasty warm.
4. Check your heater.
Nobody wants to be driving around this winter with your heater blowing lukewarm air, or worse yet, cool air while driving.
Make sure that your radiator fluid levels are topped up (ONLY check when the car has been resting for some time, as the pressure can severely injure you). It's critical that the coolant mixture you're using has anti-freeze in it (to prevent it from freezing).
If the coolant is topped up, but there's still no heat coming out – check your blower motor or thermostat (bring your car in to us and we can check it out for you – at no cost!).
5. Check your battery.
A typical Canadian car battery lasts about 3 to 5 years. Depending on how often you drive during the winter, sometimes even shorter. Don't let yourself get stranded at a parking lot on the coldest day of the year, get your battery checked by your local mechanic (or us) and have peace of mind heading into our Canadian winter.
If your car isn't starting properly, or struggling, try turning off ALL your electronics (vehicle's lights, heater, and radio) before trying. If it's still struggling, bring your car to us and we'll help you.
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