7 Point Checklist to Winterize Your Car
7-point Checklist To Winterize Your Car.
Winter driving can be full of unpleasant surprises. Overlooking a seasonal auto tune-up may not only cause an expensive damage to your vehicle, but more importantly becomes a safety concern on the road. Here is an easy checklist to get your car ready for winter weather.
- Winter tires
Unless your tires are designed for winter conditions, their cold-weather performance may compromise your safety. Here’s why you need winter tires:
Cold Performance: All-season tires begin to lose flexibility and traction at 7°C. Winter tires retain their flexibility to give you better control – not only in snow, but also on cold, dry pavement.
Ice & Snow Won’t Stop You: Winter tires are also engineered to perform under adverse driving conditions, such as in ice, slush and snow
Enhanced Traction: All-wheel drive, ABS and traction-control systems don’t replace the need for proper winter tires. Both ABS and traction-control systems will prevent drivers from over braking or overpowering the available traction, but won’t actually provide more grip. For that, you need winter tires.
More Confidence On The Road: No matter what the weather brings, driving with winter tires ensures that you’ll enjoy improved braking and manoeuvrability this season.
Your vehicle’s ability to start isn’t something you should take for granted this winter. Check the health of your battery and other system components so you’ll have peace of mind when the temperatures drop.
Replacing your vehicle’s old coolant is especially important during winter: fresh coolant won’t freeze and can help prevent rust and corrosion from building up in your cooling system.
- Synthetic Oil
Frigid Temperatures and challenging driving conditions make your engine work even harder. An easy way to have your engine running smoothly this winter is to keep up with your oil and oil filter changes. While you’re at it, consider using synthetic oil. Upgrading to synthetic oil provides added protection against engine wear while performing better in every driving condition.
- Wiper Blades
Visibility is key when you’re in the middle of a snowstorm. Having the right wipers can make all the difference. Visit us today for a wide selection of wipers and have us install them for you.
- Safety Kit
“Better safe than sorry” is a powerful truth when you’re driving in the winter. Emergency essentials (such as a lug wrench), as well as innovative products (such as non-flammable emergency fuel or electronic flares), should be kept in the trunk.
- Roadside Assistance
Even the most experienced driver can hit a bump on the road. Once you have roadside assistance under your belt, you’ll be ready to tackle any road situation winter throws at you. Canadian Tire offers 24/7 roadside assistance across Canada and the U.S.A. that can cover the car or the driver.
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