Five tips for getting your vehicle winter ready

All-season tires offer a compromise for the whole year, but winter tires are created to provide improved traction in low temperatures and on slippery surfaces.

Even though winter is a predictable season that we know comes ever year, inclement weather often seems to catch motorists by surprise. Once the temperature starts to dip and the leaves begin to change colour, it’s a good idea to start preparing for the driving challenges that lay ahead.

“In addition to allowing extra time and driving according to conditions, there are a number of things you can do to navigate winter with added confidence and safety,” explains Jacob Black, senior editor at autoTRADER.ca.

Whether you like it or not winter is coming, so be prepared with these top tips for your vehicle:

1. Get a grip

All-season tires offer a compromise for the whole year, but winter tires are created to provide improved traction in low temperatures and on slippery surfaces. Not only do they allow you to turn, accelerate, and stop more quickly, these specialized tires also increase the life span of your other tires that receive less wear and tear because of them.

2. Brush it off

Something as simple as investing in a quality snow brush to clear off your vehicle will help increase visibility for you and the drivers behind you, making everyone’s drive safer.

3. Vision impaired

Prevent ice buildup and quickly remove snow and slush thrown into your path from other vehicles by installing quality wipers and keeping your windshield washer fluid topped up. This will radically improve safety and visibility.

4. Get charged up

It’s always better to have jumper cables and not need them than to need them and not have them. It’s also a good idea to ensure your phone is fully charged before setting out on a trip; keep a spare charger in your vehicle as an extra precaution.

5. Create a seasonal emergency kit

Start the season by completing a safety checklist and creating a winter emergency kit for when unexpected events arise. Warm gloves, a toque or a blanket, a folding shovel, a flashlight, and a first aid kit could all come in handy.

Find more tips at www.autoTRADER.ca

— News Canada

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