5 essentials to preparing your car for winter

5 essentials to preparing your car for winter

November is the month for getting everything ready for winter and your car is no exception.

Before heading out onto snow-covered roads, we recommend you take your car in to the garage or dealership for a pre-winter checkup. Various components will be checked depending on your car’s age.

In the meantime here are five quick inspections you can do yourself.

1. Tires

Check the wear on your winter tires. The treads provide grip and evacuate snow and slush. Do you have any misgivings about your tires? Talk to your mechanic.

Did you know? The law regarding the mandatory use of snow tires between December 15 and March 15 has an impact on your automobile insurance. If you don’t get your snow tires installed by the mandatory headline, your insurer may consider that there is an increased risk if you do not install snow tires during the required period.

2. Windshield

Is the windshield cracked? It should be repaired or changed before the cold weather sets in. Significant changes in temperature make the glass more fragile.

If you decide to have the windshield repaired (instead of having it replaced), you will be fully reimbursed without having to pay the deductible, and your insurance record won’t be affected*.

Generally, a windshield can be repaired if:

  • the circumference of the crack or chip is no larger than a loonie
  • the chip is not in the driver’s line of vision
  • the damage is limited to the outer layer of the glass
  • the crack or chip is at least 3 cm from the visible edge of the windshield and does not extend into the ceramic strip

3. Windshield wipers

This one is quick and easy! For only a few dollars, new windshield wipers will greatly improve visibility.

Did you know? Depending on their quality and how much you use them, windshield wipers should be changed every 10,000 km.

4. Paint

First, inspect the body of your car to make sure the paint is in good condition. It is strongly recommended to paint over scratches and dings to protect the metal from salt and calcium, which will help prevent premature corrosion.

5. Locks and rubber trims

Grease the door trim and door locks to keep them from sticking in cold weather. Use a silicon based vaseline spray. Not only is it less messy but it is absorbed by the rubber and won’t damage it.

And why not an emergency kit?

If you have a breakdown or accident, you’ll be relieved to have a few useful items that could help you deal with various situations, especially in winter. What should you put in your emergency kit?

*Certains conditions, restrictions ans limitations may apply. Contact your insurer for more information.