6 easy ways to get ready for winter driving

Posted by on Sep 09, 2016 in Insurance Advice, and Personal Safety Tips

Winter is as tough on your car as it is on you. Transition into the season a little bit easier, and take some time to winterize your vehicle now before you’re ready to pull out your boots and hats.

Here are 6 easy things you can do now to make sure you ready by the first snow fall.

 

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Schedule a check-up. Prevent a breakdown before it happens. Schedule a tune up, or some time with your mechanic, in late fall to make sure your car set to handle the plunging temperatures. In addition to an oil change, they’ll check your battery, brakes, belts and hoses to make sure everything is running as it should.
Recommended timing: In early November

Winterize your windshield. While they may not be the first thing you think of, windshield wipers are one of the most used safety features in your vehicle. Over time rubber-based wiper blades deteriorate. Replace older wiper blades for ones designed for a harsh winter climate and you’ll be set as the storms hit. While you’re making the switch, top up your washer fluid with a winter-grade formula suitable for temperatures below -40°C.
Recommended Timing: Before the first snowfall

Switch to snow tires. Winter-proof tires are a must for Canadian drivers. Not only will they keep you moving and get you safely where you need to go, they’ll save you up to 5% on your car insurance. You should aim to have your tires swapped by the time temperatures hit 7°C and make sure to book your appointment early and avoid the last minute lines.
Recommended Timing: Mid-October

Prepare for the worst. Stash supplies in your trunk and make sure you’re ready in case of an emergency. In addition to a spare tire, you’ll want to be sure you have quick access to a blanket, a pair of gloves, jumper cables, replacement fluids, lock de-icer and a flashlight.
Recommended Timing: Before the first snowfall

Store your supplies. It’s inevitable; the first winter storm will catch you off guard. Prepare yourself and make sure you have easy access to a good quality windshield scraper and folding shovel to dig yourself out when you need to.
Recommended Timing: Before the first snowfall

Safe-guard yourself. Even if you are completely prepared accidents can still happen, which is why the right auto insurance is the easiest thing you can do to prepare year-round.
Recommended Timing: Today! Contact us for more information, and to get a quote today.

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