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At this time of the year, the weather is unpredictable, the temperature is dropping, and the snow is going to be here to stay before we know it. Don’t despair though...there are a number of things you can do to help ease the transition from fall to winter, at least as far as your vehicle is concerned. The following tips will help winterize your ride, and make your shift into winter much smoother. 
  • Put on winter tires.
    Winter tires are designed to handle better in our cold Saskatchewan winter weather. Consider purchasing a set to improve your braking and cornering and increase the performance and safety of your vehicle. If you already have winter tires, now is the time to get them put on before line-ups at the auto body shop are longer than a Saskatchewan winter. For more tips on driving safely on snow and ice, check out our blog post here.
  • Get a pre-winter checkup.
    Take your vehicle in for a maintenance package to ensure that any engine or drivability issues are dealt with before nasty weather hits. Make sure that the brakes, heater, and defrost are checked, dirty filters are replaced, the battery is in good shape, and that your antifreeze is topped up.
  • Replace your wiper blades and fill your washer tank with winter fluid.
    Winter snow and slush creates messy, dirty windshields. Make sure that your wiper fluid is topped up, and read the label carefully to ensure that you’re choosing one that’s effective in cold weather. These fluids are specially formulated to prevent freezing of the fluid and refreezing on your windshield (and may even help to defrost it). You should also consider picking up some new winter wipers - they’re made of sturdier plastic than summer ones, have special armour to prevent snow and ice build-up, and rubber designed to resist freezing and breaking in the colder weather.
  • Make sure to have a complete emergency kit in your vehicle.
    It can be tempting in summer to remove your winter emergency kit from the vehicle to make space for all the fun summer recreation, but remembering to put it back is important. Make sure it’s complete and that everything is in good working order (don’t forget to test or replace batteries!). For a list of what should be included in your emergency kit, click here.
  • Don’t forget your ice scraper and brush!
    If you haven’t already dug out your scraper and brush, now is the time. Make sure you’ve stashed them somewhere convenient before you really need them so you’re not caught unprepared!