How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

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As the cold winter months approach, the weather can be hard on your vehicle. While you can’t stop the weather, you can prepare for it. Ready to learn how to prepare your car for winter? Read our winter driving tips below to learn how to prepare your vehicle for winter!

Winter Car Maintenance Check: Before the harsh cold and storms roll in, it’s best to get your car serviced by a certified mechanic.  Avoid being the person that finds him/ her self on the side of the highway and in the middle of a storm with a dead battery that needs to be replaced. Be sure to have the battery, fuses, tire pressure, and fluid levels checked by a certified technician.

Winter Tires: Most vehicles come standard from the dealership with all season tires. However, even if you have all-wheel drive, you’ll still need winter tires for the cold winter months ahead.

The true difference between all-season tires and winter tires is the tread. With deeper tread, biting edges, and softer rubber, winter tires are designed to handle freezing roads, slush, and snow. All season tires have harder rubber, and in the freezing wintertime, this makes the tires have less traction, and they become slick on the ice. Winter tires have softer rubber and deeper treads to provide more traction and a bigger contact foot print with the road. They also have “biting edges” which help you keep control of your vehicle when you turn. For the best safety in the winter months, look for the Mountain and Snowflake symbol on your tires.

Amore economical way to gain traction on your all-season tires would be to purchase and attach tire chains on your vehicle’s tires. The specially designed chains wrap around the tire and attach or detach fairly quickly in case of an emergency. Please be extra careful when attaching tire chains to your tires and ALWAYS FOLLOW the INSTRUCTIONS to AVOID ANY INJURY to YOU or DAMAGE to YOUR VEHICLE.

Pro Tip: Don’t put bricks or cement in your car to increase traction—use bags of sand. Bricks and cement could seriously injure you or your car in the event of an accident, and bags of sand won’t. Plus, if you ever get stuck in slush, you’ll be able to use the sand as a traction helper to get your vehicle out of a trench or ditch.

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Invest in a Block Heater: During the cold winter months in Canada, there isn’t a lot that’s immune from the freezing temperatures—including your engine. That’s where block heaters can help with heating elements that attach to your engine to keep it from freezing during winter. You plug it in at night, and in the morning your engine starts smoothly. While block heaters come standard in many Canadian cars, there are still quite a few older vehicles that may not have them.

Winter Wiper Blades: We advise changing your regular wiper blades to winter blades. These are heavier than standard wiper blades, and they are designed to handle heavy ice and snow.

Full Gas Tank: Not only will it add a little bit of extra weight and traction, but it will prevent your fuel lines from freezing, which could save you from other serious car problems as well. During the winter months make sure to keep your gas tank at least half full, but the fuller it is the better.

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Pack a Winter Car Kit: Your vehicle could run into some unforeseeable trouble during the winter months. Make sure you have the following items to prepare your car for winter:

  • First Aid Kit (Cold Resistant)
  • Jumper Cables
  • Windshield Scraper
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Lighter or matches
  • Extra clothing, and a blanket

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We hope we helped you prepare your car for winter driving. Cash for Cars Canada is a car buying service. Our Car Buyers purchase all types of vehicles running or not. If you find your vehicle is not worth winterizing and you’re ready to sell it for cash, complete our online offer form or call us today!