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Safe Driving This Winter in BC

Safe Driving This Winter in BC

British Columbia is known for harsh weather conditions. Winter demands that your vehicle be in top condition to handle the season. At Laird Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC, we understand the importance of a well-maintained car during these months. A good place to start is with your owner’s manual. Here, following your vehicle's manufacturer-defined maintenance schedule. Below are comprehensive tips for safe driving this winter in BC. 


Comprehensive Winter Inspection


A comprehensive inspection at a licensed facility is advisable when preparing your vehicle for winter. This inspection is routine and detailed by skilled technicians. The battery should be fully charged, as a critical component for starting your car in cold weather. Technicians will clean the battery posts and assess the charging system and belts to ensure optimal performance.


Lighting is another essential aspect, requiring all lights to function correctly and headlights to be precisely adjusted for maximum visibility and safety. The brakes are integral to your vehicle's protection and must be examined. Look for any signs of malfunction to immediately address, such as pulling, a change in the pedal feel, or unusual sounds.


The inspection also thoroughly reviews the exhaust system to prevent carbon monoxide leaks. Lastly, the heating and cooling system demands careful inspection. This investigation involves checking radiator hoses and drive belts for leaks or cracks and verifying the proper operation of the radiator cap, water pump, and thermostat. Such an extensive winter inspection ensures your vehicle is in prime condition to tackle the harsh winter conditions safely and reliably.


Winter Tires and Wiper Blades


Selecting appropriate tires is vital for optimal safety during British Columbia's winter. Winter tires are indispensable for navigating icy and snowy roads and should have at least a 4mm tread depth. This depth ensures maximum traction and stability in challenging winter conditions, offering improved braking and cornering capabilities compared to regular tires.


In addition to tires, wiper blades are crucial for maintaining clear visibility in harsh winter conditions. Choose wiper blades designed for winter conditions, capable of enduring extremely low temperatures, even down to -40°C. Equip your vehicle with winter-grade washer fluid and carry an extra jug to handle sudden weather shifts. This step ensures a clear view throughout your journey, enhancing safety by improving visibility during snowfall and sleet.


Insights on Winter Preparedness


Early preparation for winter driving is crucial in ensuring vehicle safety, as Laird Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC recommends. It's essential to schedule your winter car service ahead of time, avoiding the last-minute rush and ensuring your vehicle is equipped for cold weather. This service should thoroughly check crucial parts such as brakes, headlights, and windshield wipers to confirm they’re in proper working order.


In addition, adhering to British Columbia's winter tire law is crucial. Installing winter tires, identifiable by a mountain and snowflake or M+S symbol, is necessary for safe travel on BC highways during winter. Keeping a well-stocked emergency kit in your car, specially tailored for winter conditions, is highly advisable. This kit should include various items essential for addressing common winter driving challenges and emergencies. 


Finally, keeping deicing spray accessible, not only in your car but also at home or the office, is a practical way to quickly deal with frozen car locks. This strategy is beneficial during sudden temperature drops, as it helps maintain your car's accessibility and functionality, even in unexpectedly icy conditions. Keep a bottle within reach to quickly resolve any issues caused by freezing temperatures, saving time and avoiding potential damage from forced entry attempts.


Safe and Sound Winter Journeys in BC


Winter in British Columbia doesn't have to be daunting. Adopting these measures is proactive and ensures your vehicle is thoroughly prepared to handle the diverse challenges of the winter season. Visit us at Laird Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC for comprehensive winter vehicle care. Let's ensure your winter journeys are safe and sound.

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