How to prepare your car for winter driving
If you’ve been driving for a while, then you know driving in winter is nothing like driving the rest of the year. Everything changes, and if your car isn’t prepared for it then you’re likely doomed to have a terrible, terrible winter season for one reason or another. We already told you what tires you should look into, but now we’re going to really tell you how to prepare your car for winter driving with step by step instructions of what you should do.
- Take it into a local mechanic (hey guess what, we’re a local mechanic!) to get a few things checked out. You want to make sure these things are in tip-top shape so they don’t go out on you in the middle of a winter drive.
- Antifreeze level
- The next thing you can do yourself, but if they need replaced they’re a little more difficult to do yourself than other things so you can always bring it in for this too. But you’re going to want to visually inspect each of the lights on your vehicle. From the headlights to the taillamps, from the brights to the hazards, and everything between them. Not being able to see is an easy way to get into an accident.
- Make sure you change your windshield wiper fluid to a type with antifreeze capabilities. This is not to be confused with your vehicle’s antifreeze level, but rather a special type of wiper fluid that doesn’t freeze in the winter and can even melt ice on your windshield much easier.
- While you’re at it, you can get specialty winter wiper blades and save your regular wipers for when the snow melts. These blades are designed to cut through snow and ice, and this way your everyday blades won’t get ripped and damaged by the time spring rolls around.
These four steps should get your vehicle adequately prepared for the harsh Edmonton winter conditions that are just around the corner. You can always ask a mechanic if there’s anything else you should do to prepare, but these are the absolutely essential things that will make your winter go much smoother on the road. Stay tuned Monday for our next Winter Preparation article where we’ll tell you what you need to pack in your car, just in case the worst happens.