How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter Driving?

An overhead view of a vehicle driving on a snow-covered road

With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start preparing your vehicle for the cold weather ahead. While most drivers in Canada know how to drive in the snow and on slippery roads, many still forget that there are things you must do in order to get your vehicle ready for winter driving. How do you get your vehicle ready for winter driving? Keep reading to find out, and you’ll see five tips below that will help you prepare for winter driving this year.

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5 Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Driving this Winter

  1. Schedule Winter automotive service: Winter automotive service is an important part of preparing your vehicle for the cold months that are ahead. Winter car service can include a variety of services that will help your vehicle make it through winter. From testing your vehicle’s battery and evaluating tire tread to checking the cooling system levels and the condition of belts, cables, spark plugs, wires and hoses, a winter car service is essential to making it through the winter without any emergencies.
  2. Put Winter tires on your vehicle: Having the right tires on your vehicle during the winter is incredibly important as they offer the qualities needed to survive and perform on cold, snow-covered roads. Winter tires are specially designed for cold weather and are perfect for driving in Canada’s winter months.
  3. Pack a Winter safety kit: The key to success of any kind is to always be prepared for what could happen. Having a winter safety kit in your vehicle will help you deal with the unknown if your vehicle breaks down this winter. Common supplies found in an automotive winter safety kit include a flashlight, blankets, first-aid kit, ice scraper, road flares, food, water, matches, antifreeze, car tool kit, phone charger, jumper cables and many other useful items.
  4. Keep your gas tank filled up: Cold weather can cause condensation to build up in your gas tank, which can lead to water getting into your fuel lines. In the winter, this can cause the water to freeze in your fuel lines and block the flow of gasoline to your engine. Try to keep your gas vehicle’s gas tank one-quarter to half full at all times.
  5. Make sure your heater and defroster are working properly: It is a good idea to check that your vehicle’s heater and defroster are working properly before you start driving in the cold weather this winter.

To learn more about what you can do to get your vehicle ready for winter driving or to schedule Winter automotive service, please visit Southside Dodge in person or contact our dealership today.