Preparing your car for winter

With winter fast approaching you may think the only thing you need to do to prepare your car is put on your winter tires. But that’s just Canadian winter driving 101. Here are 3 things you can do to prepare your car for the winter driving that awaits you.

 

First things first, change your wiper fluid to the appropriate winter solution. Many of us forget that we don’t have to use a year round solution in fact there are specialized formulas designed for that winter slush that dirties up your windshield. These solutions prevent it from frosting up when it hits cold air on your windshield, and suddenly you’re looking at ice instead of the road.

 

Secondly take your car in for a tune up. Colder weather can stress out your car. Make sure you are keeping it in top running condition to avoid breaking down when you’re out and about.

 

And last but certainly not least; always keep an emergency kit in your car. Making sure you are prepared for the worst case scenario will ensure you avoid a potential tragedy. Some basics for your winter emergency kit should include;

An emergency blanket and extra clothing – to help you keep warm,

A shovel – in case you get stuck,

And some food and water – protein bars and even candy to help keep your sugar levels up.

You may never need your kit, but it is better to have it and not need it; than need it and not have it.

 

Now that you have covered your bases you are ready to drive out into the Canadian winter. This means enjoying more time with your family and going to do all the fun winter activities you want instead of being cooped up inside. Bonus tip: Rinse off your car every once and a while as salt that is used on the roads can be damaging to the paint on your car.