How to stay safe this winter in 6 steps!

Step 1 - Choosing, installing and checking your winter tires
It seems obvious that this is on our list. However, please take the time to review the following points regarding your winter tires:

  1. Used tires. Check your tires for wear. How? 'Or' What? It's simple! Take out a 25 cents, insert it into one of the grooves on your tire, inserting the caribou's nose towards the inside of the tire. If the caribou's nose is completely on the outside of the tire, it is time to change your tires, as their wear is not appropriate for safe driving.

    Don't forget to have your tire alignment checked by a garage as well. A well-aligned vehicle is much easier to maneuver.

  2. New winter tires. Consider choosing tires that suit your type of driving and the roads you will be using (city or country). Tire treads differ from model to model and are designed to adapt to different types of roads. Maybe studded tires would be more suitable for you? Ask a mechanic you trust.

Step 2 - Installing your tires.

Would you like to do it yourself to save money? No problem, if your tires are installed on rims (commonly called "rim")! You can install them yourself to save money if you have the tools to do so. Once your tires have been changed, don't forget to check your tire pressure, according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Is this your first time? It might be wiser to have your tires changed at a garage. Obviously, if your winter tires are not on rims, you will have no choice but to go to the garage to have them installed.

Step 3 - Optimize your visibility

When was the last time you changed your wipers? A manufacturer recommends a bi-annual change to ensure the best performance from them. Take the time to observe them, to see if they are broken or if the rubber is notched?

Are you unsure? Don't hesitate to keep an extra set in your vehicle's suitcase as a precaution. Losing a wiper and being far from a garage during a snowstorm can be really dangerous! So plan ahead!

Step 4 - The kit, the right help
Having a safety kit on board is a good idea whether or not you subscribe to roadside assistance. In winter, the number of accidents increases drastically on the roads. With a first aid kit for the car, you can stay warm and safe while waiting for the tow truck. The Red Cross offers you this checklist for a complete kit.

Step 5 - A well-filled gas tank
A low fuel level in winter can be damaging. A well-filled reservoir prevents condensation from forming in the reservoir and its conduits. It’s more careful! Getting stuck somewhere with a recommended fuel level will keep you warm while help arrives.

Step 6 - Inspection for a good conscience
Professional advice is the best way to check everything! A corrosion-free battery ensures worry-free starts. Brakes in good condition allow better control of your vehicle. Draining the antifreeze liquid, to maintain the vehicle's temperature optimally, will save you a lot of trouble. You can never be too careful!


The team wishes you a safe and beautiful winter!


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