WATCH: Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter
It’s a question motorists have been asking for years. Is it really worth it to get winter tires? According to Alan Gelman of GlennAlan Motors it is. Gelman says winter tires aren’t only for when there is snow on the ground.
“You got to get them on because the temperatures are now already in the single digits and once it hits 7 degrees your summer tires don’t have the adhesion that you need.”said Gelman. “As the temperature goes down, the ability of your all-weather tires to stick to the pavement goes down as well. The target is about 7 degrees and if it is below that your tires don’t stick well. Winter tires are made of a softer rubber compound so they will work way better at lower temperatures.”
In fact Alan Gelman says all-season tires aren’t really for all four seasons because they don’t hold up as well in our cold Canadian weather.
You may also want to check your windshield wipers before any nasty weather hits.
“The average life expectancy for wiper blades is really only about two years or so. So if your car is more than a couple years old and they’re jumping, they’re squeaking or they’re not cleaning properly, you need new ones.”said Gelman.
The co-owner of GlennAlan Motors says it’s also a good idea to get your battery checked out explaining that most vehicle batteries are only meant to last 3-4 years. It’s also good to check all of your vehicle fluids to make sure everything is topped up before the bitter cold and snow hits.