Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top 5 Tips to Be Ready for Winter Driving

The roads are getting slippier and we're finally seeing some more snow!  Our friends at Canadian Tire sent along these tips to make sure you are ready for winter driving:

1) Install winter tires: All-season tires start losing traction at 7 degrees Celsius, so replace them with winter tires with larger grooves and tread blocks that grip the road better to avoid sliding in cold, snowy, icy or slushy conditions.

2) See and be seen: Visibility is key to safe winter driving. Replace wiper blades with ones that are specially designed to resist snow and ice build-up, shine and restore dull or cloudy headlights, fill up winter washer fluid and inspect all exterior lights to improve route visibility and make your vehicle visible to other drivers.

3) Top up fluids: Changing over to seasonal fluids and keeping vehicle fluids topped up is essential to safe and reliable winter driving. For example, synthetic oil formulated for cold conditions protects your car’s engine, ensures good engine start-up and circulation and helps minimize winter wear and tear.

4) Check the health of your battery: Avoid being stuck in the cold – replace your battery before it dies. The average life of a car battery is just under five years. If your battery is older than three years, it should be tested annually.

5) Stock up on essential winter items: Keep a snow brush, ice scraper, booster cables and an emergency kit in your car. You never know when bad weather will hit, so it’s better to be prepared for the unexpected.
For more advice on how to get your car winter-ready, visit

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