Get your car ready for winter with our checklist
1. Windshield wipers and washer fluid
Buy winter wiper blades that cut through snow and ice for optimal vision on the road in the winter. Also, make sure to fill up with the right type of washer fluid made especially for freezing conditions.
2. Battery test
It's recommended to test your car battery once a year. If your car is more than 5 to 7 years old and depending on your driving habits, it might be time to replace the battery. Don't wait until your engine refuses to turn on in the middle of a -20 °C snowstorm!
3. Winter tires
When the temperature drops below 7 °C, winter tires have better grip than all-season tires. They really are an important safety feature on icy roads. In Quebec, cars must have 4 winter tires from December 1 to March 15 or drivers risk a fine. Requirements vary in other Canadian provinces and territories, but most recommend winter tires for safe winter driving.
The green or red/orange liquid in your radiator protects your engine from the cold weather and keeps it cool in the summer. Make sure your car contains 50% antifreeze and 50% water and the liquid is full. You can get the mixture checked at a repair shop or buy your own tester.
5. Oil change
Check your owner's manual to find out how often to change the oil and filter. The frequency can vary depending on your car model and your driving habits. In the winter, it is especially important to have the right oil texture as it tends to get thicker in cold temperature.
6. Locks, latches, doors
Have you ever been locked out of your car due to frozen doors in the icy weather? To avoid it, make sure to lubricate the door locks, latches and hinges before the temperature drops. A little silicone spray can go a long way!
7. Floor mats
Take extra care of the floor mat in front of the driver's seat this winter. Choose the right mat size for your car to avoid obstructing the brake and accelerator! You can install winter floor mats designed to reduce salt stains and provide better coverage. Don't forget to dry out your floor mats from time to time to get rid of the moisture.
8. Spark Plugs
Spark plugs can wear out over time. Get them checked before the cold sets in, as they can affect your engine's performance and result in a loss of power. Well-functioning spark plugs can improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency.
Your car needs regular maintenance and extra care during the coldest months of the year. This list is a good starting point, but it's always best to have your car checked by a reliable mechanic for safe, smooth driving this winter!
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