Don’t Get Snowed Out! Get Your Vehicle Winter Ready
Winters are not forgiving on any vehicle. Extreme cold can do damage to your vehicle if you’re not prepared. Don’t get snowed out! Follow our tips for winter maintenance so your vehicle will be ready for whatever nature throws at it all season long.
Not only should you install winter tires, but also educate yourself on the right winter tires for your vehicle. Winter tires have an added elasticity and tread patterns that allow for a better grip on snowy roads, while winter ice tires provide added grip and handling on icy roads and highways. All-weather tires are versatile, and along with handling moderate temperature well, they can handle moderate snow, slush, and ice. If your drive and conditions allow for it, you may not necessarily have to swap out your all-weather tires for true winter tires.
Quick tips: Know the difference between all-weather and all-season tires. All-season tires can only handle mild conditions compared to all-weather. When temperatures drop below 7 degrees the rubber on your all-season tires starts to lose elasticity and traction.
Always check for wear before installing tires.
After getting the right tire on your vehicle, make sure to routinely check the air pressure in all four tires as well as your spare. Air pressure can decrease drastically in cold weather. Make sure your tire changing kit is on board, and carrying an air compressor doesn’t hurt either.
Practice preventative maintenance by booking a maintenance checkup and/or taking the necessary steps yourself. Keep your fluids changed and topped up, this includes everything from engine coolant and oil to windshield washer fluid and gas. Washer fluid should be winter grade so it doesn’t freeze in the reservoir, or worse yet, on your car’s windshield. Always have your gas tank at least half full. Condensation in your fuel tank can make it difficult to start your vehicle in colder temperatures, and can lead to your gas line freezing up, as well as other serious issues. Consider additives that prevent freezing, or add some gas line antifreeze when temperatures drop.
Blades, brakes, belts and your vehicle’s battery should all be checked before a drastic temperature change.
A/C systems performance is also crucial for defrosting and de-humidifying in the winter months, so make sure yours is in working condition!
Pack Extra Supplies
Recommended supplies to keep in your vehicle during winter include:
- Booster cables
- Tire chains
- Washer fluid
- Engine oil
- Ice scraper
- Flares (with a lighter or matches)
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Bag of salt or gravel
- Extra winter clothing (boots, gloves, jacket)
- Non-perishable food (nuts or granola bars)
Still feel overwhelmed with winterizing your vehicle? Contact us at Go Dodge Don Mills and we’d be happy to answer any additional questions.