As winter takes its toll across Canada, it’s important that you and your car are prepared for the long season ahead. Along with shorter days and frigid temperatures, winter also brings along dangerous driving conditions that can take even the most experienced drivers for a spin. Road hazards like black ice, heavy snow, blizzards, whiteouts, and freezing rain are just a few examples of potential accidents waiting to happen.
Frigid winter temperatures also increase the risk of windshield chips and cracks causing serious damage, so it’s important to repair your windshield as soon as possible so your vehicle is ready to face the harsh Canadian winter. At Wizard Auto Glass in Mississauga, you’re safety is our top priority which is why offer 24/7 and mobile service at no extra cost.
Keep reading to learn more maintenance tips to prepare your vehicle for hazardous road conditions.
Similar to how people go in for an annual physical, cars have to go in for annual maintenance. Especially at the beginning of winter, it’s important to have your car inspected to ensure everything is up to par, including your windshield. A winter inspection focuses on the components that are more likely to break down in the winter and those that are most vital to you during that time.
This helps to prevent breakdowns during the winter so that you’re not stuck waiting for repairs in snowstorms or frigid temperatures, and also ensures that everything is in working order to avoid dangerous situations, like malfunctioning breaks on black ice.
Refill Windshield Fluid
Make sure to not use the same fluid you were using in the summer, you need something that is graded for winter weather so it doesn’t freeze in the reservoir. It is recommended for you to keep a spare jug in your trunk just in case you run out when you’re on the road.
While all-season tires may seem good enough for winter, it’s recommended that you invest in a full set of proper winter tires. Especially if you live further north or in other areas where heavy snowfall and other winter conditions are particularly hazardous, it’s important that you have good winter tires to make maneuvering the roads easier. However, even if you don’t get heavy snowfall in your area, it’s important to install a set of winter tires, as all-seasons will start losing grip once temperatures reach just 10 degrees celsius.
Have an Emergency Kit Handy
While it’s important to have an emergency kit in your car year-round, it is especially crucial to have one on hand in the winter when accidents are more prone to happen. Emergency kits should include: non-perishable food, blankets, antifreeze, extra clothing, a first-aid kit, water bottles, and a small shovel if possible. These can be made yourself, or can be purchased already put together.