As the season changes, it’s a good time to prepare for the cold Nova Scotia winter ahead. Winter can be hard on your vehicle and winterizing your car can help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather. An investment of an hour or two of preparation is all it takes to have peace of mind and avoid the cost and hassle of breaking down when the weather is bad.
Follow this list of 7 simple ways to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the winter ahead:
1. Get your car tuned up. Taking your car to a mechanic and have them check the following: battery, tires, coolant/antifreeze level, exhaust system, lights, brakes, heater, and defroster.
2. Wipers should be replaced every 6 months, check them and consider using winter wiper blades that are built to handle ice and snow. Be sure to carry an extra jug of cold-weather windshield-washer fluid in your vehicle.
3. Install a set of winter tires, this is so important for Maritime winter roads. Winter tires allow you to stop up to 40% sooner than all-season tires, making you better equipped to handle the extreme winter driving conditions.
4. Keep the gas tank at least half full. This will decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
5. Prepare a winter safety kit. Include a shovel, an ice scraper and brush, extra antifreeze, a flashlight, batteries, blankets, a candle, matches, phone number of the local towing company, sand, booster cables and food.
6. Always carry a fully charged cellphone with you.
7. Getting ready is only half the battle. Always drive according to the road conditions and head warnings from Environment Canada’s weather office.