For most of us residing in Canada, winter has arrived – just like it does every year. And yet, so many of us are caught off guard – boots that no longer fit, snow pants with holes in the knees, and not a single pair of matching mittens. This seems especially true with our vehicles - where the heck did we put the windshield scraper back in April anyway? Having your vehicle winter-ready can go a long way toward making mornings more sane … and travel more safe. Here are two checklists – one for those who like to do the bare minimum, and another for those who like to go the extra mile:
· Make an appointment to get your winter tires put on – if you’ve left it until now, you may have to wait a couple of weeks, but at least get the appointment made. Change the oil and have your vehicle tuned-up if needed as well.
· Put a Snow Brush/Ice Scraper in your vehicle.
· Make space in your garage (if you have one) to store your vehicle. This may mean putting summer things somewhere else, like a basement or shed.
· Put together a safety kit for your vehicle – especially if you commute. A good list of what to put in it can be found at www.getprepared.ca.
· Get new windshield wiper blades if you need them. Winter in Canada is hard on wiper blades and they may need replacing from last year.
· Keep a cell phone charger in your vehicle – because you want to actually be able to call for help when you need it.
· If you live in the mountains, practice putting tire chains on your vehicle before you actually need them. They are a bit tricky and you want to make sure you know what you are doing.
Take the time to get your vehicle ready for winter (even if you’re a bit late to the party), and you will give yourself huge peace-of-mind when your on the road this winter!