Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

For all your essential automotive needs, CAA Rewards has you covered.

 

Tips on Preparing Your Vehicle for a Canadian Winter

Winter weather is hard on your vehicle and its engine. Prepare for winter in the fall by getting a complete check-up of your:

Battery: Your motor needs a fully charged battery to start in cold weather. Have your battery tested in the fall and spring. Replace weak batteries before they fail. 

Ignition System: Replace defective ignition wires, cracked distributor caps and worn spark plugs, since they can make starting difficult or may cause a sudden breakdown.

Lights: Make sure that all lights work and that headlights are properly aimed.

Brakes: Check or service your brakes to ensure even braking. Pulling, change in pedal feel, or unusual squealing or grinding may mean they need repair.

Tires:

  • Winter tires help reduce breaking distance on cold, wet, ice and snow-covered roads by up to 25 per cent.
  • Winter tires stay flexible in cold temperatures and ensure excellent grip and braking on wet roads.
  • Check pressures often, especially before any highway driving. Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you best traction. A tire that has good pressure when checked in a warm garage will be under-inflated when it is below zero outside – because tire pressure goes down in the cold.
  • Since having four matching tires improves vehicle handling, don’t mix tires with different tread patterns.

Exhaust System: Check for leaks that could send deadly carbon monoxide into your vehicle.

Windshield Wipers: Make sure that your wipers are in good condition. Replace blades that streak. Purchase wipers designed for winter use. Fill up on winter washer fluid in the -40°Ctemperature range and carry an extra jug in your vehicle.

Have your vehicle technician check your vehicle from top to bottom to make sure you are winter-ready. CAA Approved Auto Repair Facilities are CAA-certified and a great choice for your vehicle check-up. Learn more about CAA Approved Auto Repair Services® here.

 

 


 

 

Winter Driving Tips and Advice to Stay Safe on the Road

Avoid the Great Canadian Memory Loss – this is a phenomena where Canadian drivers forget what it is like to drive in winter conditions.

The safest strategy is to avoid driving in bad weather conditions. If you must drive, check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Give yourself extra time for travel and, if weather is bad, wait for conditions to improve. Make sure you have enough fuel. Try to keep the fuel tank at least half-full.

See and be seen. Remove all snow from your vehicle’s hood, roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of frost and fog.

Stay on main roads and drive carefully. Match your speed to the road and weather conditions. Avoid passing an­other vehicle when weather and road conditions are bad.

Pack a winter survival kit. CAA recommends you keep the following items in your trunk.

  • shovel
  • sand or kitty litter
  • traction mats
  • warning light or road flares
  • emergency food pack
  • matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
  • fire extinguisher
  • extra windshield washer fluid
  • reflective vest
  • ice scraper and brush
  • flashlight
  • first aid kit
  • toque
  • blanket (special “survival” blankets are best)

Don’t do any heavy lifting, shoveling or pushing in the bitter cold – it can kill.

Do make sure the tailpipe is not blocked by snow, to keep carbon monoxide from getting into your vehicle. Then, if your vehicle is not at risk of being hit by other drivers, stay inside so you have shelter. Going out into a storm puts you at risk of getting lost, or suffering from the cold.

 

 


 

 

Need Help? Requesting Roadside Assistance is Easy

Membership offers a lot, but when you’re stuck on the side of the road, this is what matters most. Save yourself some time and make your request online or, you can call us at 1-800-CAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357).

 

 


 

 

Save on all of Your Essential Automotive Needs With CAA Rewards

CAA offers exclusive Member benefits and savings on a variety of automotive products and services. Whether it’s parts & labour, winter tires, alignments, or your annual rust-proofing, CAA Rewards Partners have an offer for you.

 

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