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.