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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter in Canada?

Winter is right around the corner and that means that there is a higher chance that you will experience snow sooner rather than later. Driving in snow can be treacherous and even dangerous if you are not prepared. Eligo Cars has put together some tips to help make your winter driving a little easier and safer. Make sure your tires are in good condition and have at least three quarters of tread left. Tires with insufficient tread can cause the car to slide and is not safe for winter driving.

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Falling snow, cold weather and icy roads can make your driving in winter weather little bit more challenging. Winter roads can be dangerous, and having to drive somewhere during winter can be a headache.

Here is the list of right to-do’s how to prepare your car for winter:

  1. Check Your Car’s Oil and Antifreeze
  2. Check Car’s Battery
  3. Rotate Your Winter Tires
  4. Inspect Your Car Tires’ Tread
  5. Examine All Your Lights
  6. Prepare Your Emergency Kit
  7. Get New Wiper Blades

Check Your Car’s Oil & Antifreeze

Regular maintenance is important before driving in the winter. Changing oil and antifreeze while in the middle of winter storm could be frightening. You should inspect main parts of the car.

Check Car’s Battery

Car batteries tend to die in the cold weather and you should be sure your car is prepared and had no problem on battery’s fluids and cables.

Rotate Your Winter Tires

Switching to snow tires can be very helpful on icy roads. You can check our Guide to Winter Tires article here.

Inspect Your Car’s Tire Tread

Be sure to inspect your tires for tread wear and rotate them during every oil change.

Examine All Your Lights

Test all the interior and exterior lights. If any of these bulbs are burned out, you should rotate them.

Prepare Your Emergency Kit

You can never know what you may need on icy roads. You should get precautions, here is the list you should get these items:

  • Portable  jumper pack
  • Jumper cables
  • Led roadside flares
  • Tow rope
  • Water
  • Phone charging cable
  • Dried food / Energy bars

Get New Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are important while you’re on the road. Wipers have standard sizes and replacing the wipers yourself is a simple job, but you should consult your owner’s manual for specific details.


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