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4 Important but Often Overlooked Tips for Getting Ready for Winter Driving

Winter is on the way – don’t be one of those drivers who get caught unprepared for winter driving. Be proactive to avoid car issues and potentially putting you and other drivers at risk when road conditions worsen over the next few weeks in Ontario.

Here are 4 important tips all drivers need to follow to get ready for the winter driving season:

1.     Install winter tires

Winter tires can shorten your braking distance by up to 25% and give you more control on the road. If you haven’t booked an appointment yet, call today to schedule an appointment to get your winter tires put on your vehicle. As it gets closer to winter, auto shops are only going to get busier and more booked up with people trying to get their winter tires put on at the last minute.

There is an added incentive - Did you know that you can save up to 5% on your car insurance if you have winter tires?

Ontario is moving forward with its plan to help reduce auto insurance rates by requiring that all insurance companies offer a discount for drivers who install winter tires. Learn more by reading Drivers with Winter Tires Eligible for Insurance Discount.

2.     Take your car in for a tune up and inspection

Taking your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenance will ensure it is in optimal condition and ready to handle the cold winter season. Canada Safety Council recommends that you have the following checked leading up to winter:

·         Brakes and tires
·         Cooling system
·         Battery and electrical system
·         Engine, oil and filter, and exhaust system
·         Fuel system
·         Heaters, defrosters and wiper blades
3.     Get a winter emergency kit

You never know when you could find yourself stranded on the side of the road during the winter. Whether you need to pull over because of poor weather conditions, you are in an accident or your vehicle breaks down, you need to have the resources to be able to safely withstand the cold while you wait for help. You may have to wait for hours for help to arrive.

Your winter emergency kit should include a shovel, flashlight, snacks, a blanket, extra clothing, small tool kit, battery jumper cables, and anything else you think could be helpful.

4.     Adjust your driving habits

One of the biggest causes of accidents at the beginning of winter is people failing to adjust their driving habits to meet current road conditions. Slow down, give yourself more space between other cars, and give yourself more time to reach your destination. Finally, put your phone away and pay attention to your surroundings at all times – you have less time to react and correct driving mistakes when the roads are slick.

Want to learn more about how you can save money on your car insurance by installing winter tires? Is it time to renew your current auto insurance coverage? Contact me today to get a free auto insurance quote.
Posted: 11/19/2015 2:01:45 PM by Marianne Cipollone | with 0 comments
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