Winter, with its return of cold weather and earlier nightfall, often has an impact not only on our morals, but also on the condition of our cars. To help you drive safely this winter, EdLive suggests you follow the advice below.
Check battery charging
Low winter temperatures reduce battery capacity. And yet it's during this period that the battery needs all its power to function perfectly. It's a good idea to switch your lights on and off briefly before starting the engine, to warm up the battery.
Check the condition of lights, especially fog lights
As night falls very early in winter, and bad weather abounds, it's imperative that your headlights are powerful enough to see properly ahead, and that other cars can spot you in a blizzard.
Add antifreeze to your windshield washer fluid to maintain good visibility throughout your journey. If necessary, you can also add antifreeze to the engine cooling system to prevent the coolant from freezing overnight.
Check the condition of your car's paintwork. If paint chips expose the metal, cover them with car paint. Moisture and snow can quickly turn these chips into rust.
Equip your car with winter tires as soon as the first frosts appear
Winter tires are recommended for use on wet or slippery surfaces. In Quebec, these tires must be worn from December 1 to March 15.
Keep chains in your trunk
If you're planning to travel in areas with heavy snowfall, your winter tires just won't cut it. In such places, snow chains are a must.
Have everything you need to de-ice your car
To de-ice your car, there's nothing better than a squeegee and a de-icing spray. Once most of the snow has been removed, your heater will take care of the rest. Don't use hot water to de-ice your car, as this can cause thermal shock and crack your windscreen. If your car is parked outside most of the time, it's best to use a protective tarpaulin.
Adapting your driving style
Poor winter weather conditions often take even the most seasoned motorists by surprise. Double your safety distances and avoid sudden braking, which generally leads to loss of grip or even wheel lock-up.
Have a first-aid kit and blanket
In the event of an accident or breakdown, response times in winter can be very long. To ensure your safety and that of your vehicle, always carry a triangle and a reflective jacket in your trunk. And don't forget to pack a blanket, a bottle of water and some snacks to make the wait a little more pleasant.