WIN­TER­IZE YOUR RIDE

HOW TO PRE­PARE YOUR VE­HI­CLE FOR THE COLD CON­DI­TIONS AND SLIP­PERY ROADS AHEAD

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY -

TAKE CARE OF YOUR TIRES

Check your tires’ tread depth and air pres­sure. Bald tires or un­der­in­flated tires can be very dan­ger­ous in slick con­di­tions. If in doubt, ask an ex­pert to help you choose the best new tires for your car.

TIME FOR A TUNE-UP

Treat your ve­hi­cle to a pre-win­ter tune-up. It’s best to get it done be­fore win­ter, as the cold can worsen ex­ist­ing prob­lems in start­ing, idling and per­for­mance.

BAT­TERY CHECK

Cold weather de­mands much more cur­rent from a bat­tery, so it’s best to get your bat­tery and charg­ing sys­tem checked be­fore the cold weather ar­rives.

TURN UP THE HEAT

Start your ve­hi­cle’s en­gine and let it warm up. Once hot, check the heaters and de­frosters, which use the en­gine’s heat to warm the cabin and wind­shield.

WIPER BLADES

Check your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear. Dam­aged or worn blades should be re­placed.

WASHER FLUID

Top up the washer fluid reser­voir with low-tem­per­a­ture, cold-weather fluid.

AN­TIFREEZE UP­DATE

Clean, flush and re­fill the an­tifreeze in your ve­hi­cle’s cool­ing sys­tem.

LIGHTS ON

To en­sure you can see and be seen un­der snowy con­di­tions, make sure all of the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior lights in your ve­hi­cle are work­ing cor­rectly.

FUEL UP

Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. This acts as a safety net for win­ter travel, and may pre­vent mois­ture from freez­ing in the gas line.

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