We have an extensive list of items that we check off before the snow comes and have decided to share the essentials with you. Here are our top 5 things to do, to ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready.
Snow tires: During the winter months, it’s best to install winter tires. All seasons can be used, however, this won’t offer you the maximum performance that you need. When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing, the rubber compounds in non-winter tires can harden, which decreases the tire’s ability to grip the road. Winter tires have a special compound in it that allows it to resist hardening in the cold temperatures, which will provide better traction on ice, snow, slush and wet pavement.
Tire Pressure: The fluctuation in temperatures can result in a gain or loss of pressure in your tires. This means that you should check your tire pressure regularly during the colder months and fill up when needed. To confirm the proper pressure for your tire, be sure to check the tire placard (located in the driver’s side door jamb or in your owner’s manual).
As temperatures drop, so does the power in your battery. It will take more power to start your car in winter, and if you’re already having trouble with the battery, your risk of breaking down will increase. Make sure to check your battery and change it if needed.
3. Safety Kit
Before hitting the road this winter, make sure you have supplies in your car in case of an emergency. Check out this great infographic below on what to pack in case you get stuck!
4. Keep an eye on your washer fluid
Washer fluid is one thing that will decrease fast, especially during those snowstorms, so keep this topped up often! Make sure that the washer fluid you’re using is specifically formulated for the winter months if you’re unsure you can add some washer fluid anti-freeze to prevent it from freezing.
5. Wiper blades
It’s important to ensure that your wipers have the capability to handle winter weather. Winter specific wiper blades come equipped with rubber that keeps ice from collecting on the blades and are much heavier (be sure to change them to normal wipers once winter is over to prevent damage to the motor).