5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

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September 11th, 2018

“Canadians are fond of a good disaster, especially if it has ice, water, or snow in it. You thought the national flag was about a leaf, didn’t you? Look harder. It’s where someone got axed in the snow.” – Margaret Atwood

Temperature is dropping and Canadian winter is calling!

That’s a good reminder to start winterizing your vehicle. Are you prepared well in advance of when the harshest conditions arrive?

One of technical experts of Kambion told that the best time for drivers to begin preparing cars for winter is in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

Here we highlight 4 ways to make sure your car is ready for safe driving.

1. Switch to winter tires

When installing winter tires, you should always replace all four tires. By replacing the tires, you are enhancing the traction of both the front, and the rear of the vehicle. This improves the handling and your safety during winter. The best period to purchase and install your winter tires is once temperatures consistently dip below 45 degrees.

2. Check your tire pressure

During the winter you should check your tire pressure once a month because it can drop as the air becomes colder. Follow your manual’s recommendations for pressure level, and if your tires need air, fill them up at the gas station.

Moreover, there are special types of tires that can help navigate wintry weather better than others. A good rule of thumb is to at least have an all-season tire when driving in conditions below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Test your battery

Battery capacity decreases significantly in cold weather, so it’s important to have a mechanic examine it to ensure it’s at peak performance. Parking a car in a garage, out of the freezing cold, is another way to protect the battery. Having jumper cables handy is also important, not only if your car breaks down, but also in case you come across another motorist in need of a jumpstart.

4. Maintain fluids regularly

You need to go to a lower viscosity oil, like a 10-weight, when the temperature falls below zero and stays there. Higher weight oils and transmission fluids do not lubricate sufficiently in colder weather.

5. Get an emergency kit

It’s important for everybody to have an emergency kit, especially during wintery weather conditions. This one goes beyond keeping your car running well and actually keeps you and your family safe in the case of a winter car emergency.

All these ways are useful for driving a vehicle in the winter months. Do you think you need a lot of time for preparation? Kambio team is ready to do all necessary changes on-site anytime and anyplace.
Make an appointment now!

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