Towing Calgary

As they famously said: "Winter is coming!"

In this case, we are referring to your vehicle during the coldest season of the year. Here are 5 tips from the outside in to keep your ride in shape.

Tip #1: Get the exterior in shape

Does your vehicle's exterior have any damage that's affected the paint job? Just like our skin, a vehicle's paint helps keep the structure rust- and corrosion-free. So, it is recommended to fix any dings, dent, scrapes, etc. Follow it up with a professional polishing and cleaning.

Tip #2: Check your contacts with the ground

In other words, your tires. Depending on where you live, winter can bring hazardous driving conditions.

The first thing to check is the amount of tread. Winter or not, if your tire tread is too worn, it is time to replace them.

Then, consider what your driving conditions will be. If they are challenging, it is recommended to change to tires specially made for winter driving.

Tip #3: Reduce the need for jumpstarts

Colder temperatures mean that more power is required from your vehicle's battery to start the engine. The recommendation is that the battery should show a charge of 12.4 volts or more. In addition, if your battery has water, it should be at the full level line.

Have a look at the battery cables. Do they look in good condition? Are there any breaks or cracks? What about the connectors? Are they clean? Do they attach tightly to the battery's terminal posts? Make any needed changes to ensure that the battery can do its work so you won't be stranded on a freezing driveway, parking lot, or side of the road.

Tip #4: Replenish the life fluids

Just as we need water and blood, your vehicle needs its fluids to run well. Check that each of the items below is at the correct level:

  • brake fluid
  • motor oil
  • power steering fluid
  • radiator/coolant fluid
  • transmission fluid
  • windshield wiper fluid, including anti-freeze

Speaking of windshield wipers, make sure the wiper blades are in good condition and the spray nozzles are open and correctly positioned.

Tip #5: Pay special attention to the engine oil

Do the temperatures in your area fall below freezing? If so, the recommendation is to use a thinner oil. It is also a good idea to replace regular motor oil with a modern synthetic oil. The reasoning is that such oils give better anti-friction protection and increase the gap between oil changes.

Bonus tip: Be patient on the road

Even skilled and careful drivers can find winter driving very challenging. Road rage only makes it worse. Try your best to be patient and give way, even if it is your turn to go.

We hope you don't need us this winter, but if you do, we are at your service.

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  Posted: Tue Oct 20th 2020 12:00pm  a month ago

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