It seems we’re all so busy nowadays. All those labour saving devices haven’t really made life less hectic and time is such a precious commodity. It’s important living in Ontario that you take the time to make sure that your vehicle is winter ready.
Even if you were wise and took the time in the autumn to have a winter maintenance check-up and winter tires put on, don’t assume that you’re good until spring.
To keep you and your family safe you need to stay aware all winter long.
A few things you need to keep on top of include:
- Windshield Washer Fluid – Keep it topped up with winter washer fluid and keep an extra jug in your car. You don’t want to discover the reservoir is empty just when a passing truck’s slush spray has reduced the visibility of your windshield to zero.
- Tire Pressure – remember to check it frequently as it decreases in the cold. And take the time to check all four tires and the spare. People tend not to think about the spare tire until it’s needed, which isn’t the time to find out it’s flat.
- Fuel – Not only do you want to keep enough fuel in your tank to ensure you don’t run out and get stranded on the side of the road, keeping the gas topped up (at least half a tank is recommended) decreases the amount of moisture that can enter the system and potentially freeze the fuel lines.
- Snow and Ice! Okay it’s stopped blowing and the plows have been by so you can now just hop in your car and everything will be okay, right? Just because the roads are clear doesn’t mean you’re safe, especially if you haven’t taken the time to clear snow and ice from your vehicle. And removing just enough to let you peer through the windshield isn’t sufficient! Clear snow and ice from all the windows, roof, hood, trunk, lights and mirrors. You should also take the time to remove any slush and ice that has built up in your tire wells.
Many accidents happen because the person was so rushed they didn’t take the few minutes necessary to make sure their vehicle was safe to drive. All that snow built up on your roof might not impede your visibility when you pull out of your driveway, but what will happen once the interior warms up and it slides down onto your windshield?
A few minutes to do the right thing can save you much time and aggravation… and maybe even a life!