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Are You and Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

Did you know that one of the top causes of winter-related automobile accidents is the lack of vehicle preparedness for weather conditions? 

When you winterize your car, you'll be taking steps to make sure that you and your family stay safe when you are on the road. You will also decrease the likelihood of having engine problems. 

It is especially important to winterize your car if you drive a luxury car such as a BMW, a Mercedes Benz, a Jaguar, or a Land Rover

The problem is that it can be difficult to know what you need to do to get your car ready for winter. We've written a guide to help you out. Keep reading to find out more.

 

Replace Your Wiper Blades 

It is important to keep your windshield clean in the wintertime. You can purchase wiper blades that are tailored to wintertime conditions. Consider investing in wipers with a hydrophobic agent to keep water and snow off of your windshield. 

 

Switch to Snow Tires 

It is essential to change to snow tires if you are going to be driving on snow and ice. Snow tires are outfitted with studs, meaning they will have a better grip on roads covered with snow or ice. In addition, you should also ask your mechanic to check your car's brakes and perform maintenance if needed.  

 

Test Your Battery 

It is more challenging to start engines in the winter. One of the reasons for this is that batteries do not function as well in cold weather as they do in warm weather. 

The best thing you can do to ensure your battery will properly work when it is cold out is to get it checked by a reliable mechanic.

 

Change Your Vehicle's Oil 

Compared to higher-viscosity lubricants, lower-viscosity oils offer superior cold-weather startup protection because they flow more easily. For that reason, switching to a lighter-weight motor oil will make it easier for you to start your vehicle on cold winter mornings.

You should look at your vehicle's owner's manual to find out what engine oil weight to use in the winter. 

 

Add the Right Coolant

One of the easiest things you can do to get your car ready for winter is to add a coolant designed for winter driving conditions. A quality coolant will absorb engine heat in the winter and resist freezing. Keep in mind that not having enough coolant can damage your car’s engine and lead to costly repairs.

 

Get Your Car Ready for Calgary Winter

It is essential to take time to winterize your car so that it is safer and more dependable. Make sure to check your car's battery. It's also important to change the oil and check coolant levels. 

If you need help to service or repair your luxury vehicle in Calgary, British Auto Specialists is here to help you. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions that you might have.