16 Nov 2011

Winter driving preparation tips

As cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions near, the Canadian Automobile Association is advising motorists to make use of their vehicle maintenance supplies they keep in storage so they can get their cars ready for winter.

One of the most important things to retrieve from storage closets are winter tires. Korey Kennedy, manager of public and government affairs for CAA North and East Ontario, describes it, says winter tires provide the added traction drivers need to traverse their way through slippery conditions that snow and ice tend to cause.

While making use of winter tires is crucial, Kennedy says other maintenance tips should be carried out as well. This includes having the car battery's life checked, as cold weather can often prevent vehicles from starting. Kennedy says it's advisable to keep jumper cables in the trunk should the battery fail.

Motorists may also want to have their brakes serviced. This is particularly important if drivers notice unusual grinding or squealing sounds, as this is an indication the brakes may be failing, Kennedy notes.

Other things drivers should check are the function of their lights and windshields. Headlights that appear dim or wipers that leave smear marks or streak should be replaced.

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