Prepping your car for winter keeps you safe

If you live in Ontario, winterizing your vehicle a safety matter.


Every winter we expect no less than a rough and sometimes even brutal winter. As Canadians, we don’t hibernate; we embrace it. If you’re relatively new to Canada, you will find that the more mentally prepared for what’s ahead, the more welcoming you will become to those first snowfalls.

Then you prepare your gear, your home and your car. Winterizing your car is, in fact, a matter of safety you can’t afford to overlook. When you bring your car to your mechanic, there are several checks and maintenance items we perform to ensure your vehicle is winter ready.

We install winter tires – it’s a safety matter

We are big on safety. Although merely recommended in most provinces, using snow tires in winter should not be a debate, just like wearing your seat belt is a given. Yet, nearly half of Ontario drivers use their all-season tires throughout winter. Mandatory only in Quebec where road accident injuries have dropped by five per cent since the law went into effect, snow tires are significantly safer for a number of factors:

  • They are made with rubber that remains flexible in cold temperature.
  • They provide better traction, handling and braking.
  • The rubber and tread technology shortens braking distance by up to 30 per cent over all-season tires.
  • They are designed to move water to the side as the top layer of ice melts under the rubber of your tires.

Safety is a critical part of how we prepare for winter and can turn your harsh winter from unpleasant to tolerable or even enjoyable. Don’t wait for the weather forecast to announce the first snowfall. All-season tires don’t work well in the cold. Winter tires are not made just for the snow but for cold temperature as well. Monitor the weather as winter nears and get your snow tires on when the temperature drops to seven degrees Celcius. Also remember to contact your insurance company and ask about the Ontario winter tire discount, mandatory since January 1st, 2016.

We ensure all safety features are in order

Winterization routines extend beyond installing winter tires. There is a number of safety features we inspect when you bring your car in to prepare for the winter season. Those safety features include

  • Checking your battery
  • Checking your wiper blades
  • Testing the 4WD system
  • Changing the oil and adjusting the viscosity
  • Checking the belts and hoses
  • Checking all fluids: transmission and gear fluids, wiper fluids and anti-freeze mixture

You need to prepare an emergency kit

The safety features help ensure that your car starts on those cold mornings, you have visibility during in wet and icy road conditions, and you’re not caught on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck because the cold temperatures caused the belt to snap. While our knowledgeable mechanics can ensure your car is safe and ready to handle what’s ahead, you need to make sure you stock your car with emergency supplies such as food, water, a blanket and a shovel. Trucks also require additional supplies. Review the complete list of car and truck emergency kits and be winter ready.

If you would have questions or would like more information about road safety, please ask in the Comments section below. Make the right choice for you and your families this winter season.

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7 Replies to “Prepping your car for winter keeps you safe”

  1. I appreciates the fact that safety comes first in everything and use of winter tires in vehicles during winter season is really necessary to ensure our safety. Winter tires are specifically designed to produce better traction on the snowy surfaces than ordinary tires. Tires with more tread depth could produces better traction than those with less tread depth. And tire tread depth should be checked at a regular interval to ensure better traction on the snowy surface. Another fact is that, driving with the damaged brakes is really dangerous and one should check the brake parts at a regular interval and if damaged then it should be repaired immediately.

  2. Winter months can present many challenges for your vehicle. While modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, there are some basic steps every driver should take as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. Checking tire pressure can help you check pressure and properly inflate your tires. It is recommended to change all four tires with snow tires may keep running on this freezy condition. In addition to keep safe while riding your vehicle worn or damaged brakes are must be repaired by a car expert as soon as possible.

  3. Different types of fluid used in the car thickens during winter season due to the extreme lower temperature. So, it is highly recommended to use fluids with lower viscosity according to the owner’s manual for effective performance. Use of hundred percent glycol should be avoided. Because it has lower freezing point and use of hundred percent glycol could has adverse impacts on the car engine. So, proper combination of water and glycol could have better result. Extreme cold weather also has negative impact on the battery. Hence, battery needs proper maintenance during winter season and if damaged should be replaced with new one according to the owner’s manual.

  4. This blog is very helpful to understand different safety features that should be inspected during winter season to avoid any types of major issues to be happened. During winter season , battery get affected due to the extreme low temperature and needs decent maintenance for increased life expectancy. Battery should be provided with proper insulation to counter measure the effects of the extreme weather condition. Belt, hoses and wiper blades get affected due to the extreme cold and should be inspected on a regular basis and should be replaced if damaged. Use of thinner fluids during winter season is highly advisable to prevent their thickening. Level of different fluids should be inspected on a daily basis.

  5. Winter is very challenging and hard for car owner. In this season especially vehicle’s battery hard hit, when temperature rate is getting low. Cold temperatures is responsible for reduce its cranking power. To check a conventional battery, remove the plastic caps on the top and check the fluid level or you can see your user manual. If the fluid is low, better to some add distilled water. On maintenance-free batteries, check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state. If it is more than five years old and shows signs of damage replace the battery with a good one.

  6. I appreciate your blog. Winter are so critical. But we can’t avoid to go outside, if its really necessary. No doubt winter is challenging, but by accepting this challenge we should take consideration about vehicle maintenance. Priority to give maintenance to our vehicle during or prior to winter, will be helpful for us. Most important maintenance safety which should not be unavoidable are Checking your battery, Checking your wiper blades,Testing the 4WD system, Changing the oil and adjusting the viscosity, Checking the belts and hoses, Checking all fluids transmission and gear fluids, wiper fluids and anti-freeze mixture. If you are unable to do it by yourself. Then it is better to take help of an auto specialist .

  7. Car batteries is an important part of an automobile. From getting your car started to charging your phone on-the-go, batteries provide the power to your vehicle. So it is important to inspect whether your battery is in good condition or not. Also it is essential to know how can we extend our battery life span. But however car battery lies between 2 to 5 years. Routine inspection at least once in a month is helpful for prolong your battery life.

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