Posted on November 16, 2016
3 Tips to Get Your Car Winter-Ready

It might still be unseasonably mild in Southern Ontario, but winter weather is on its way. Love it or hate it, it’s best to be prepared and your vehicle is no exception. That’s why we’ve compiled three simple ways you can get your car ready for winter and be prepared no matter what winter weather throws your way.

Change to Your Winter Tires

This one’s a no-brainer. If you have them already, think about making your appointment to change to your winter tires. Mechanics can get super busy as temperatures drop, so a well-timed appointment can save you tons of time.

If you don’t already have them, try shopping around. It never hurts to look. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, you may be able to find a deal that will do you a lot of good this winter.

Bonus Tip: Some insurance policies offer a discount if your car has winter tires. Check with your Insurance Jack broker to see if you qualify or can find a policy that offers this discount.

Get Your Car Rust-Proofed

This is one people think about less often than winter tires, but it can be a big help when you consider the toll that salt and corrosive chemicals can take on your vehicle during winter. If your car is newer, you may have opted for a rust-proofing option through the dealership. If you didn’t, your rust-proofing warranty is up, or you car is older, you may want to consider rust-proofing, especially if you’re planning on keeping your vehicle for a long time or trying to maximize your resale value.  

There are several different methods, including electronic devices, oil-based sprays, and tar-based sprays. You’ll want to research which method is right for you. Whatever you choose, rust-proofing can be a smart long-term investment in your vehicle.

Winter Roadside Kit

Does it come as any surprise that at Insurance Jack, we’re all about being prepared? There’s no doubt that driving in slippery winter conditions can be dangerous. A fully stocked winter roadside survival kit is just one more way you can be ready for all possible scenarios. Check out this great post from GearDisciple on what a car survival kit is, why it is needed and the essential contents and supplies required.

Lots big box retailers offer pre-assembled kits that are ready to go, so it can be as simple as picking one up at your nearest store. Alternatively, you can make your own with the list and tips provided by the Government of Canada, which includes things like energy bars, water, a blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, sand, and more.

What’s a tip that got you through the last winter?
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