October is car safety month

Is your car ready for winter? As the temperature drops, the wear and tear on vehicles can lead to bigger problems, which is why it’s crucial to prepare for winter driving.

Have your car inspected

Have your car inspected to ensure all major parts and systems are in good shape. Ask that special attention be given to your exhaust system, because leaks are especially dangerous in the winter when your windows are rolled up.

Get a tune-up

If your car is due for a tune-up, get it done before winter arrives. Cold weather tends to magnify existing problems such as hard starts, sluggish performance, pings and rough idling.

Check your fluid levels

The standard recommendation is to have the coolant, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid levels checked every six months (every spring and fall) to make sure that your car’s crucial systems are sufficiently lubricated. It’s also an opportunity to check whether to change the oil and oil filter. Your owner’s manual has information specific to your vehicle make and model.

Check and/or change your tires

It’s important to check your tires regularly for uneven or irregular tread wear and cuts or bruises along the sidewalls. Schedule an appointment to have your winter tires installed, and beat the rush. Remember, in Quebec, your vehicle must have tires specifically designed for winter driving from December 15 to March 15.

You should also check the pressure of your tires (including the spare) monthly and inflate them to the manufacturer’s recommended level. The proper tire pressure can increase your gas mileage and save you money.

More about preventative car maintenance: BeCarCareAware.ca or check out @BeCarCareAware on Twitter.

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