Each season brings different driving conditions and winter weather creates especially challenging driving conditions so here are some tips to help you get your vehicle ready for the uncertainties of winter driving.
Lube, oil and filter – Oil thickens in colder weather, so use oil that will keep your engine lubricated in the cold and, when you change the oil, change the oil filter. Your owner’s manual will tell you which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.
Check your windshield wipers and fluids – Seeing in a blinding snowstorm is much easier with good wipers that work effectively. Also make sure the heater and defroster work and that your antifreeze is topped up. And always keep your gas tank full to prevent the gas line from freezing.
Service your battery – Make sure your battery is fully charged and the posts and connections are corrosion-free.
Rotate your tires and check their pressure – Install winter tires and make sure they are properly inflated to ensure best traction and rotate the tires for even wear. Tire pressure decreases in cold weather affecting traction so check the air pressure in your tires regularly.
Check your brakes – Regular front and rear brake service will ensure you can stop when needed. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, have it checked; four-wheel drive isn’t usually needed during the summer but you will want to be sure it is working for the winter.
Prepare an emergency kit – Keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a blanket, boots and gloves, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a flashlight, extra washer fluid, flares, jumper cables, first aid kit and a tool kit.
The trained professionals at True-Centre Auto Care at 479 Elmira Road North in Guelph offer a Winterization Package to prepare your vehicle for winter driving. A member of the Guelph Garage Owners Association, True-Centre is a full service shop with six licensed technicians, specializing in custom exhaust and repairs, front-end alignment and brakes and is an accredited inspection and repair Drive Clean facility.