Taken from www.insurancehotline.com/preparing-your-car-for-the-winter-season/
In most areas of Canada, the winter season can significantly affect driving conditions, leaving you more prone to accidents. During the winter, even more so than other times of the year, it’s important to focus on defensive driving to protect yourself and keep your family safe and sound. Driving safely also helps keep your insurance rates down, while minimizing wear and tear on your vehicle. A big part of staying safe in the winter is making sure that your car is adequately prepared to handle whatever driving conditions you may face. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your vehicle and give yourself the best chance of staying safe over the winter months.
1. Make sure you have the right oil for your car.
Check your owner’s manual for the right oil for your specific vehicle, but in general oil like 5W30 works better in cold weather conditions than thicker 10W30 or 10W40. The thinner the oil, the more easily it circulates to lubricate your engine in colder temperatures.
3. Check your tire pressure.
Due to the colder air, your tire pressure tends to drop a little bit in the winter. Keeping your tires at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure makes your car easier to handle, making you safer on the roads and will even save you money by improving fuel economy!
The weather can change with little notice. When it does, is your car prepared?
The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving. Now is the time to "Be Car Care Aware." Make sure your vehicle is well maintained year round.
Dress warmly and wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing so you can adjust with the temperatures and conditions. Be prepared! Before a winter storm strikes, plan your travel and check the latest weather reports.
When the weather turns cold, add these few extras to any basic emergency kit which should be in your car at all times:
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