Almost the middle of October so hope you’re getting ready to winterize your vehicle and beat the rush. Whether the first snowfall or below freezing temperature, service departments become extremely busy with long wait times. Have your battery checked. Replace excessively worn wiper blades and switch over to ‘cold weather’ windshield wiper fluid. Install winter tires when outdoor temperatures are consistently below 7 degrees Celsius. A study by the Quebec government concluded that proper winter tires improve braking by up to 25 per cent over all-season radials and improves collision avoidance by about 38 per cent. Have your car’s cooling system checked for leaks or low coolant levels, as well as belts and hoses. And put a few items in your trunk for when temperatures start to dip: ice scraper, blanket, first aid kit, matches, battery jumper cables, flashlight and energy bar (a few things I need from that list). You never know when these items will come in handy.
Note: Already have winter tires on? Check tire pressure to be sure that all four tires are properly inflated and have excessively worn tires replaced. Do not ignore dashboard-warning lights, such as brake warning light, oil pressure light and tire pressure warning light.
(Source: Susan Gubasta; Image: Road & Travel Magazine)