Chris' Corner: Now is the time to Prepare your Automobile for Winter

Now is the time to Prepare your Automobile for Winter

Winter Road

Its not this bad... YET, but current wisdom advises us to change our summer tires over to winter tires when the average temperature reaches seven degrees Celcius (approx. 45 degrees fahrenheit). It is normally in this temperature range that you will start seeing frosts and black ice in the mornings, and when you will start to appreciate the benefits of winter tires.

If you live in an urban area and are not convinced of the benefit of purchasing dedicated winter tires, there has been a new type of "all weather" tire to hit the market the last few years. These tires are a hybrid of summer and winter tires and has achieved RAC winter ratings (in Canada a circular stamp on the sidewall of Mountains and snowflakes). These tire outperform all-season tires in winter and can be driven all year round, though they fall short of most dedicated winter tires. Check your tire pressure when cold and inflate/deflate as necessary.

While you are preparing your car for winter, check and top off your fluids: Brake fluid, antifreeze, washer fluid (completely replace any summer or bug wash), power steering fluid, etc.

This is also a good time to check and/or replace your windshield wiper blades.

Check all your lights. Make sure brake lights, head lights, turn signals, fog lamps, and any other lights have good working bulbs and fuses. I live in the country and travel on dark roads often. All our cars are equipped with brighter headlights. For us, the extra visibility is priceless.

Is it time for an oil change? If you are not using lighter grade oil all year (or preferably synthetic oil), consider using a lighter grade in winter (consult your vehicle manual for specific oil formulation recommended.

Check/update your emergency kit. Don't have one? Consider keeping one in your car. Everyone should have a small bag in the car with a flashlight with good batteries, pocket hand warmers (or a candle and matches), and a blanket. You should also ensure you have: spare tire, jack, flares, tire iron, etc.

For past blogs on preparing for winter click here.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsChris Smith • October 28 2011 07:18AM

Comments

Hi Chris,

Good advice for the winter traveler. Even when the car seems to be normal, a lot of things are going on. With the temp changes comes the battery issues.

Good solid advice for all who drive this winter.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

Excellent advice, Chris.  Even if you don't live in the north, you need to make some changes to the vehicle before Winter sets in - in full force!  Good stuff.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 8 years ago

I change from the LARGER to the SMALLER CokeZERO bottles in my back seat so they don't freeze and go flat

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Clint, you are right... checking the batteries cold cranking amps is a good precautionary measure

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Valerie, we have our winter tires on two of our cars, mine is the last one to be booked... now I have to ensure the snow blower works... do not want to have a repeat of last December the 6th ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Mike, I have seen so many cars and drivers suffer needless damage because they were not prepared.  During bad winter conditions, above all, do not drive if you do not have to and SLOW DOWN!

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Wallace, as long as you do not put a Mentos in them ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Oh yes, so true.  I took my care in earlier this month for the annual inspection...and I know the owner/trust him.  He recommended I get 2 front tires replaced before the snow for better safety, so I plan to do this around mid November.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Will youStop Signthat Winter stuff. We had a little frost last night and the flowers are crying.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Debbie, I have driven in New York and Connecticut in winter, Snow Tires would definitely benefit most drivers

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, are we a little cranky this morning?   ... Winter is coming, remember my post of Snowmaggedon last year?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris,

Thanks for the reminder.  Looks like we may be getting an early snowfall tomorrow.  Winter snow warnings and watches are posted for Eastern Pennsylvania already for 4-8 inches of snow.  Too early for me.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Chris,

Deal with the tires now and not after the first snow storm is the right idea. we all know it. But, some of us will wait.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Hi Chris - Just waiting a bit longer until it gets cooler to put on the winter tires.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Ugh, I'm not looking forward to this Chris, but it has to be done, especially when you live in a rural area.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

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