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Getting Winter Road Ready

You may not realize it, but most Canadians drive under what manufacturers consider “severe” conditions. According to Car Care Canada, these conditions include cold weather, stop and go traffic or driving in muddy, dusty or de-iced roads. 


Since we are approaching winter, which contributes to many of these severe conditions, it’s a good idea to make sure you and your car are winter road ready.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada recommends:

1.Be alert, well-rested and sober behind the wheel. Avoid driver distractions.

2.Tune-up your car by getting a complete checkup in the fall. Your tune-up should include battery, belts, hoses, radiator, coolant/antifreeze, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/defroster, wipers, ignition system and tires. 

3.Check the tires and tire pressure at least once a month when the tires are cold.

4.Ensure that your windshield is free of dings and cracks. Cold temperatures can turn a small ding in your windshield into a major crack.

5.Keep the gas tank at least half full, decreasing the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.

6.Ensure that lights work. The end of Daylight Savings Time in the fall results in earlier night fall and more night time driving.

7.Heed the warnings from local weather offices or Environment Canada of impending blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain or drizzle, deep freeze and winds, and black ice.