Winter driving comes with one major hazard, the sun sets a bit earlier in the day, meaning there’s less daylight especially when you commute back home. In this case, it’s wise to do all you can to ensure all your vehicle lights are in great working condition, to provide the brightest possible illumination they possibly can.
Fix any worn-out bulbs before winter starts, and if remove any snow covering exterior lights before you set out to drive. If there are yellow or foggy lights, it’s a good idea to replace them or find an easy restoration kit.
Antifreeze, also known as coolant is very beneficial to your car since it helps to prevent the engine from freezing in the cold winter temperatures. Before winter starts, make sure that your vehicle isn’t low on coolant, and check to see if there are any other leaks from the engine that would drain out the coolant. Most mechanics usually recommend a 50/50 mix of coolant and water, which helps to lower the engine freeing point further.
3.Washer fluid and Gasoline
What do washer fluid and gasoline have in common? Well, these are the two most crucial automotive items you should always keep full in winter. Yo u should always try to have a full tank for a number of reasons, such as preventing accumulated water from freezing inside the fuel pump, and will also help you to stay warm, as it allows the engine to keep running should you get stuck. Similarly, it’s extremely important to have a full windshield washer reservoir since messy road debris from a snowstorm might require constant windscreen washing.
4.Tires and Tire Pressure
Although all-wheel drive is confidence inspiring during acceleration, it won’t help you when braking and turning. In this case, winter tires are necessary for places where the temperature drops to below 45 degrees, as they’re more capable of keeping their flexibility in low temperatures. They can, therefore, provide improved traction as you turn on a cold pavement or when you’re trying to stop.
In addition, it’s very important to keep track of the tire pressure during the cold seasons. Tire pressure usually drops along with the surrounding air temperature, which could mean unpredictable handling, premature tire wear, or tread separation that could eventually lead to a major accident. Don’t forget to let a little air out as temperatures start to rise in the spring.
5.Check your Battery
The sure way for detecting a faulty or weak battery is with professional equipment. Also, it’s usually more difficult for batteries to operate in cold weather than in warm weather. A volt test on your battery before winter is vital to make sure the battery is working properly. If it’s not, get a new one as soon as you can to avoid being the one stranded in the parking lot with a car that just won’t start.
As winter months approach, it is vital to make sure that your home and vehicle are prepared. Switching to high-quality winter tires early on will help to ensure that you are ready for the inevitable snow and ice that blankets Kelowna through the season.
While your all season tires are fine for warmer temperatures, when the thermometer drops, so does their ability to function optimally. Winter tires use special rubber that stays flexible even during extreme cold. This flexibility is what allows the tire to maintain grip and you to control your car.
Sometimes called snow tires, winter tires are beneficial due to the temperatures and are useful even when the roads are cold and dry.
Because of the variety of cold weather conditions seen in British Columbia, it is important that you select your winter tires accordingly. Your tires should have a pictograph featuring a snowflake inside of a mountain.
Issued by the Rubber Association of Canada, this image assures that the tires will provide the appropriate traction, even when temperatures are frigid for days on end.
All season tire comes with a symbol of “M + S” on the side to indicate effectiveness for mud and snow. All-weather tires come with a mountain and snowflake. These tires are softer than all season or summer tires, but harder than winter tires. They are a high bred tire. If you are on a limited budget and do not plan to drive often on the highways, this might be a suitable compromise as they can be run all year round..
Additionally, you need to make sure that you have selected the correct tire size for your vehicle. You should be able to make a sharp turn without the tires scraping the wheel well. Tires need to be able support the weight and driving requirements of your vehicle. Your tires should be sold to you based on fit first, and price second.
Although you are only legally required to replace the tires on your primary drive axle, most experts recommend changing all four tires for the winter. This will provide you with greater control. Four wheel drive vehicles must have all four tires replaced, or serious damage could occur to the vehicle’s driveline.
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Have your new winter tires mounted at the start of the winter season. Depending on how much you drive, the new tires should last two or three years, remember that tires will still need to be rotated every 10,000 kms. Once the tread has dropped below 3.5 mm, you should replace the tires. For winter this is not enough tread.
When it is time to change your tires back at the end of the winter, ask if the tires will be good enough for the next winter. As an example, if the tires only have 5mm left, keep them on for the summer and use them up. Once the next winter comes, new tires can be purchased. This way the maximum life of the tires can be obtained.
At the end of each autumn, you need to change your tires to a set of high-quality winter ones that you leave on until spring when you can switch back to your all season ones. Doing so will provide you the early peace of mind for traveling the roads safely.
To be sure your tires are in good condition and the right kind for this winter in Kelowna and area please give us a call at Car Craft Automotive, we would be pleased to look at them for you.
Everything You Need To Know About Winter Tires In Kelowna British Columbia
Purchasing winter tires is something that will vary from region to region, and in Canada, it varies depending on the province. This makes it extremely important to know what you are doing when you are buying these tires in British Columbia. By law, you must obey any warnings put forth that require winter tires or chains, making it even more important to obtain proper tires.
What Are The Best Winter Tires?
The best type of tires to install are going to be rated for use on mountains and have snowflakes. These, when combined with chains, should be enough for every place within the province. It is rather easy to identify tires that fall within these classifications, ensuring that you are well protected and following the law.
The two markings that you will want to look for are either a M+S which stands for mud and snow or a mountain with three peaks and a single snowflake, indicating that the tires are rated for those conditions. Tires may be marked with one or both, but you need at least one of these sets of symbols.
The tread on your tires must be at least 3.5mm and you must ensure that the tires maintain this tread as well. This is why it is important to change your tires at the beginning of the season. A quick check with your local mechanic will tell you if you tread is high enough, or you can measure it yourself from one of the grooves.
Winter Tires Should Be On October 1 to March 31
The requirements for tires are subject to enforcement from the first of October until the last day of March. This means that any tires you put on your vehicle will need to maintain their tread and safety status for six months out of the year.
While you legally need two tires that match, you should really aim for four. This will give you better mobility and allow you to worry less about the road.
There are some tires known as all season tires, that may work for your needs, but they must be labeled with the M+S symbol. These will generally have less effective performance during winter conditions than
true winter tires. These must also follow the rules for tread, and may need to be changed more often. We recommend a second inspection in December if you are using these tires.
You may need to prove the condition of your car and the use of your tires if you get into an accident. This is for insurance purposes, and not having these tires will often put you at fault.
You should check your tread, air pressure, and chains over at least once a month. This will ensure that they are all in working order and that you do not end up with a nasty fine.
We also advise you that all travel on highways should be done with winter tires. The laws can be complicated, with people living in areas with less harsh winters not requiring the tires. However, it may still be a good idea to use them, as winter storms can hit anywhere in BC without warning.
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Safety on the roads in winter is a priority for every driver. Bring your vehicle into Car Craft Automotive to have your tires rotated and inspected for the winter season. 250-860-7444
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When it comes to buying tires, knowing a few important factors will help you decide which is best for you and your vehicle needs. Two main factors when purchasing tires depends on your vehicle and driving habits.
Comfort and handling
If you are looking for dependability, touring tires are an excellent choice on wet and dry pavement. They offer a smooth, quiet ride.
Sports car for handling and performance
Your best bet is high-performance tires designed to be used at higher speed in wet or dry weather conditions. These tires have a softer rubber compound built for better grip necessary to take sharp corners.
Pickup truck or SUV
For light trucks to drive in challenging terrain on off-road conditions, durability and traction is what you need to look for. For on road, select SUV tires because of their comfort-tuned applications.
Select tires designed to handle driving through dirt, mud, potholes. Made for more rugged conditions the wear and tear on your commercial vehicles contend with daily.
We live in an area with four seasons. There are different factors to consider when choosing the right tire for what you need. Factors include winter conditions where snowfall is expected, or all season where there is more rainfall. Then there is the adventurous enjoying off road travelling.
Winter tires are made for cold, icy, wet, snowy weather. They are designed to grip for optimize handling and traction during cold winter season.
All Season tires
All season tires support most road conditions and have a greater life in warm weather. These tires have a deep water channel for wet traction and a harder rubber compound.
Ideal for vehicles to drive off road and limited to on-road. The tires have stiffer sidewalls for increased resistance to puncture while traveling off-road. Tread patterns are spaced wider to help remove mud buildup between the treads.
Select the tires that meets your needs. Think of the conditions you will be driving on a regular basis when choosing a tire for your vehicle. An example is how do you want your vehicle to perform on wet or dry roads? Is traction a higher priority than cornering at high speeds? What performance you are looking for and the conditions, on or off-road. The more you know what you need, the better that the experts at Car Craft can help you with the right tire for your vehicle.
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