You have to admit, we lucked out in the GTA this year as far as winter weather is concerned. Sure, we have received our fair share of rain, but it’s November and winter conditions are just starting to arrive. Before these nasty conditions get here, we have a question for you: Is your vehicle winter ready? If you haven’t had your winter tires installed yet, don't delay any longer. But, along with winter tires, there are a few other ways you can ensure your vehicle is ready to take on winter.
Here’s our Winter Ready Checklist:
If you’re still driving on your summer tires you’re taking a big risk. Summer tires start to lose their effectiveness when the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius. Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed for low temperatures; they’re made of special rubber compounds and have treads designed to grip ice and frozen roads. Book an appointment to have your winter tires installed quickly and for an affordable price.
Believe it or not, your air conditioning system is really important during the winter months. Most people don’t realize it’s the A/C that is responsible for defrosting your vehicle’s windows. Before the temperatures drop, make sure your A/C is functioning properly.
Your windshield wipers are the unsung heroes of winter driving. Wipers that are in good condition ensure you have a clear view of the road at all times. It's important to remember wipers are constantly exposed to the elements, and over time they will crack and become less effective. Having reliable wipers installed will help you see clearly while driving this winter.
A healthy battery is important to having your vehicle start when the temperature really drops. There is nothing worse than your vehicle not turning over when you’re in a rush. If your battery is more than a couple of years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested, and potentially replaced long before those -30 days arrive. Contact our service department to have your battery tested.
Accidents happen and vehicles can break down. Being prepared for potential emergency situations is a smart idea for anyone who drives during the winter. Having an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times could really help you or other motorists something unexpected happens. There are all sorts of items you could include in your emergency kit, but some of the most important are: first aid kit, shovel, blankets, flares, emergency road signs, shovel, candles/matches, radio, flashlight, etc.
We hope our tips will help you decide if your vehicle is ready for winter, and if not, we can help. Our service team can prepare your ride for winter in no time, so book your service appointment and make sure your car, trucks, van, or SUV is winter ready before the snow starts falling.