While winter hasn’t quite made an appearance yet, it’s on its way and everyone knows that Canadian winters can be awful to drive in. Between the salt stains, slush and icy patches, it can also be hazardous to you and your car. This article will give you some tips on how to stay safe and warm this winter.
Install Winter Tires
As much as we all hate spending money on our vehicles, winter tires make a difference. Quebec has made it mandatory to install winter tires, and saw a 5% decrease in personal injury collisions. Remember, tire pressure decreases in cold weather, so be sure to check it often.
Get Winter Maintenance
Regular maintenance is a lot more affordable than repairs so every season you should get your car inspected to ensure that everything is working properly. This is especially important in the winter, as you don’t want to get stuck walking to work in the snow, or worse – waiting for CAA at the side of the road.
Get Winter Wiper Blades
Snow and ice are heavier than rain, so install a set of winter wiper blades that are built to handle the extra weight. Visibility is important!
Keep Essentials in Your Vehicle
In your vehicle, you should keep the following items to handle whatever winter throws at you:
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire, jack and wheel wrench
- Traction mat, sand or kitty litter
- Windshield scraper and snow brush
- A set of extra clothes, especially socks!
- Cell phone charger
These items will help you get out of a jam and keep you safe. Remember, always keep your phone charged, just in case.
Winter driving can be dangerous, even if you follow the above steps, so take your time and stay alert on the road. Give yourself extra time to stop and turn. Better yet, if the weather is really bad and you don’t absolutely HAVE to drive – DON’T.
Hopefully these tips will help the approaching winter seem a bit less scary, and ensure you stay safe even in the slipperiest of conditions.
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