(We posted this last year, but unfortunately winter appears every year so we thought it was time for a reminder.)

Canadian winters can be tough on your car, so we’ve compiled a quick checklist to make winter a little easier this year.

  • Battery – Cold weather is hard on car batteries, so it’s a good idea to get them checked. At VIP AutoPro, we’ll check both your battery and charging system to ensure they are at peak performance. Don’t forget: You should replace your car battery every 3-4 years! 
  • Antifreeze – You should be replacing your antifreeze, also known as coolant, every two years. Check with one of our service experts for more information.
  • Brakes – When winter roads are icy, having working brakes is crucial. We recommend that you get your brakes checked before the roads turn slippery to ensure a safe drive.
  • Tires – It’s recommended that during the winter you install a set of winter tires. It is also a good idea to have the tread depth and tire pressure checked (including the spare).  During the winter, you should be checking your tire pressure weekly as tires lose pressure quicker when the temperature drops.
  • Oil – Be diligent about changing the oil in your vehicle. VIP Service Experts check your Fuel, Air and Transmission Filters with our Courtesy Check.
  • Wipers and Lights – Visibility in the winter is lacking, so ensure you are checking your fluid levels and that all lights are in working order. Tip: Consider installing winter wiper blades made for handling snow and ice.

Beyond the regular maintenance here are a few other things to consider for safe winter driving:

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half-full to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines
  • Stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper, snow brush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water and dry food snacks
  • If you hear any pings, rattles or experience any sluggish performance – don’t wait to bring it in to have it checked

Cheers and Safe Travels