Winter driving in Ontario is nothing like driving in the summer. Proper precautions must be taken prior to the snow falling in order to be safe on the roads in the winter months. These maintenance tips are simple and can be done at home, but they are essential for safe vehicle operation.
Install Winter Tires
Winter tires are vastly superior to all-season tires in terms of grip, traction and handling while on ice, snow and slush. Winter tires are the number one area in which you can make your car safer this winter. Read more about changing your tires.
Change Your Oil
Your engine's oil will perform differently in the winter months. Oil becomes thicker, and moves less freely when it is cold. It is important to change your oil in order to assure that it will function correctly on those cold winter mornings when you have to leave home at the crack of dawn. Older cars even have different oil types that they recommend for the winter months. Refer to your cars owner's manual to see what type of oil you should be using. Read more about changing your oil.
Top Up Your Fluids
Washer fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid all need to be kept at peak levels. Click here to learn more about your vehicle's fluids. It is important to ensure that all of your car's fluid's are rated for sub-zero temperatures.
Get Your Brakes and Suspension Checked
Brakes and suspension wear out over time, and they should be checked at regular intervals. If your brakes and suspension are allowed to wear out, it can negatively impact your ability to drive safely in winter.