Winter in Canada is certainly no joke, which means that if you want you and your ride to make it through until spring unscathed you need to be prepared. Consider the following steps a great place to start when it comes to protecting your vehicle this winter.
Wash it regularly
If you live in a part of Canada that salts the roads during winter, as we do here in Manitoba, washing your vehicle regularly is a must; otherwise, it is only a matter of time before rust starts to develop. As a general rule, you should wash your vehicle at least once every two weeks during winter as well as within a day or two of getting home from any longer drive or camping trip.
Warm it up before heading off
For your vehicle’s engine to perform at its best its many moving parts need to be properly lubricated, which can be a little more challenging during winter when colder temperatures can cause engine oil to thicken. While switching to thinner ‘winter-specific’ oil can certainly help, simply giving your vehicle a few extra minutes to warm up before you hit the road will make a dramatic difference as well.
Park under cover
Parking your vehicle under cover will not only make your life much more pleasant, it will reduce the amount of time your ride is exposed to all that ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. Aside from protecting crucial components – such as your bulbs, belts and battery – from being undermined by winter weather, it’ll also mean that those exterior paints, polymers and plastics look their best for a whole lot longer.
Invest in quality rubber
One of the best ways to protect your vehicle is to make it easier to control and there is no better way to do so than by having your ride equipped with quality winter tires. Made from high-tech rubber compounds that resist hardening, even when it’s brutally cold outside, winter treads will not only keep your ride hugging the road, they will make it easier to avoid other drivers who are struggling for control.
Treat it right
Winter can take a serious toll on your vehicle’s many materials, as not only can all that cold, ice, and snow eat away at those protective exterior coatings, but those often-bright conditions can cause interior fabrics to crack, warp, and fade. Give your ride its best chance of getting through winter unscathed by having a quality wax coating applied to its exterior and have the appropriate products applied to your seats, steering wheel, dash, and other interior fabrics as well.
Whether you need advice on protecting your ride this winter or are in the market for an upgrade, do yourself a favour and head straight to Auto Gallery Winnipeg. You can give us a call, get in touch online, or drop by and see our wide range of quality used vehicles in person right here at 3777 Portage Ave in Winnipeg today. You will be glad that you did.