There may be no ice zombies trudging down from the north (that we know of!) but that doesn’t mean the ominous phrase “Winter is Coming” doesn’t apply here in Edmonton. Knowing the worst of the cold and snow are just around the corner, you need to brace yourself for what’s coming. That includes getting your vehicle ready to head out into the winter without fear! With that in mind, we’ve put together a little list of the things to keep in mind when you’re readying your ride for the icy roads.
You probably get told this every year, but if you haven’t bought yourself a pair of winter tires yet, why not?! There’s no comparison between winter and summer (or even all-season) tires on a winter road. Winter tires are specifically designed to grip the road surface better when the temperature drops below 7 degrees. Don’t let your four-wheel drive fool you either! A 4×4 is better on a slippery surface, sure, but when all four wheels can’t find traction, you’ll find yourself in trouble. Your own safety isn’t worth the risk! Don’t wait another minute, order some winter tires right now, and book an appointment to get them installed.
Your vehicle needs a little tuning-up to prepare it for the cold. This can happen during regularly scheduled maintenance in the fall, or you can book a special appointment as the temperature starts to drop. First off, you want to be sure your vehicle’s fluids—like anti-freeze and wiper fluid—are topped up, and cold-weather appropriate. If it’s time for an oil change, maybe switch to a lower viscosity oil which will help your engine during those cold morning ignitions. This is also the time to make sure everything else is in working order, too. You don’t want to be waiting for a boost on a freezing night!
If you’ve got winter parts and accessories, you’ll want to make sure they’re installed and working correctly before you need them. This includes the basics; like making sure your snow-brush is in the vehicle, or switching to winter mats if you’ve got them. You also want to make sure your cold-weather conveniences are all in working order—you don’t want to discover your heated seats, remote starter or block heater is broken when you need it most! Planning to hit the slopes? Now’s also the time to consider getting a roof storage box or rack for your winter sporting gear.
It might not be something you think of often, but what happens if you get stuck in an out-of-the-way location in bad winter weather? Better to have an emergency kit stashed in your vehicle and never need it, then need it and not have it! Here’s a list of a few things you should have on hand to help keep you warm, alive, and on the road:
- Ice scraper
- Bag of salt, gravel, or non-clumping kitty litter
- Tire chains
- Tow rope
- Booster cables
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- A lighter or matches
- Wind-up Flashlight (or some spare batteries)
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- First-aid kit
- Extra winter jacket and boots
- Water (in plastic bottles which won’t break if frozen)
- Non-perishable food (granola bars or nuts will do)
Some of this stuff you take care of yourself, but we’re happy to help with the rest! Come down to Great West Chrysler, and our team of service technicians would be thrilled to help you get your car, truck or SUV ready for winter.