ENTRETIEN AUTOMOBILE CAR MAINTENANCE
Three ways to stay safe on the road this winter every motorist should consider:
and obtain the help needed in case of an emergency, every vehicle should be equipped with an emergency kit containing the following essentials: a blanket, warm clothes, a flashlight, a first aid kit, non-perishable foods, a shovel, extra windshield fluid, booster cables, a fire extinguisher, a whistle, emergency warning triangles, an ice scraper and a brush to remove snow. Furthermore, always make sure your cellphone is fully charged before heading out on a long trip, and keep a charger in the glove compartment just in case! Additionally, you should keep a list of important phone numbers that could be useful in an emergency situation, like that of roadside assistance, in your contacts. However, don’t rely solely on technology; a map can be a lifesaver in areas where a satellite signal is unavailable. Finally, if basic preparation is imperative to ensure your car’s reliability, adapting the way you drive in the winter is equally important. Reduce your speed when visibility is poor or when the road is blanketed with snow, and keep a safe distance from snow removal trucks. Additionally, get in the habit of checking road conditions online and removing the snow from every inch of your car (roof, wipers, lights, etc.) before heading out.
Every year, the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) aims to remind motorists of the importance of taking preventive measures come the colder season. Launched in 2004, the AIAC’s Be Car Care Aware program promotes ways in which drivers can prepare for Canada’s harsh winter conditions in order to improve road safety nationwide. Here are three things
1. PRE-WINTER INSPECTION Is your car reliable? Getting your vehicle inspected before winter sets in is essential to avoid any mishaps on the road. After all, you wouldn’t want your car to break down in the middle of a full-blown blizzard, would you? The following elements should be verified at the start of every winter: • Fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, windshield fluid, etc.) • Drive belts • Battery and alternator • Brakes • Exhaust system • Steering and suspension systems •Heating anddefrosting systems •Windshield wipers • Tires (including the spare!) • Lights and turn signals • Electrical system • Horn 2. WINTER TIRES It’s recommended to change your summer tires as soon as the temperature drops below 7 °C. Why? The rubber on your summer or four-season tires hardens and loses traction in cold temperatures, especially when the road is icy or covered with snow. Equipping your vehicle with four good winter tires that can withstand temperatures as low as -40 °C is essential for optimal traction. 3. EMERGENCY KIT To remain visible to other motorists
Pre-winter inspection, good winter tires, fully equipped emergency kit — are you ready to take on the roads this winter?
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