If you’ve ever visited a Mr. Lube, or are thinking about visiting one, there are a few things that we often recommend. We’ve decided to put our 10 favourite recommendations into this article, and with winter well on its way, now is the time to ensure your car is ready for the harsh conditions.
1) Keep an eye on your tire pressure
If you want to ensure your car handles well and your tires don’t suffer from premature tire wear or tread separation, keep an eye on your tire pressure! Check your cars manual for the suggested tire pressure and remember that as we move into the colder months, tire pressure drops along with the air temperature, losing around one-pound PSI with every 10-degree drop!
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2) Winter Tires
An obvious recommendation, but one that many people regret overlooking if they are involved in an accident in icy or snowy conditions. When the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius, your summer tires lose a substantial amount of grip. Winter tires are made with a rubber compound that allows for a better grip in poor conditions, allowing you more control and ensuring a safer journey.
3) Always clear the snow
In a rush? Well, picture jumping in the car, driving off and then in the middle of a busy intersection a clump of snow slips onto your windscreen, completely obstructing your view. You can almost guarantee that your view will be obstructed at the worst time, so, prevent this by clearing the snow off your car before driving away.
4) Weekly headlight and brake light checks
A weekly headlights and brake lights check helps to ensure that you’re not driving around unaware that two of your most important safety features are malfunctioning. Simply ask a friend or family member to stand behind your car and apply the brake to check that there’s no problem.
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5) Never skip engine oil and filter replacements
Always keep an eye on your oil levels. A sure way of degrading your engine is by driving around on low oil or dirty oil and driving without oil will destroy your engine. Needless to say, a new engine is not as cheap as an oil change!
6) Wash and wax your car
Washing and waxing your car regularly doesn’t only make your car look great, but it helps to prevent damaging rust from occurring!
7) Run your car’s air conditioner and heater each month
Running your car’s air conditioner for about 5 minutes each month helps to keep the system lubricated and helps to prevent failure when you fire it up the following summer! So, in the winter, run your air conditioner once a month and in the summer, run your heater for about 5 minutes each month!
8) Carry a survival kit
Hopefully you will never need to use it, but emergencies and accidents can take place at anytime, anywhere. Include essentials like a first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, pocket tools and a cell phone charger.
9) Keep your coolant filled up
Another self-explanatory recommendation that can go a long way towards maintaining your engine. If you’re low on coolant, it doesn’t take long in Canada for your engine to freeze up, landing you with a pricey repair bill if damage is caused.
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10) Consider synthetic oil
Ok, this one isn’t essential, but there’s real evidence to suggest that using synthetic oil during winter over conventional oil is beneficial because, in low temperatures, synthetic oil flows much easier throughout the engine and is less likely to freeze up. Although there are myths that once you go synthetic you can’t change back to conventional oil, this is completely untrue!
Stay safe this winter
Although many of these recommendations are relevant all-year-round, at Mr. Lube, we want drivers to stay safe as the conditions deteriorate during the upcoming months. So, we hope you like our recommendations and if you have any favourite tips or recommendations on how to stay safe and keep your car running at its optimum efficiency, let us know!