Preparing for Winter Driving in Edmonton, AB
That pesky white stuff is on the ground, the roads are slippery and you still need to get from point A to point B. Sure, you may think you have a capable and qualified vehicle to tackle winter driving, but there’s a lot more you can do to prepare both your vehicle and yourself to safely navigate those cold, winter months. At West Side Mitsubishi, we’ve compiled all you need to know to get ready for winter driving.
Why do I Need Winter Tires?
Simply put, your regular tires aren’t good enough for winter driving. Winter tires are made specifically to stand up to both snow and ice, with specific treads for gripping and providing traction, something Summer or all-season tires can’t do to that level. As well, their material stands up to the cold, so it won’t break down as quickly as tires not built for the environment. No matter whether you think the vehicle you drive handles great and feels winter-ready, you can rest assured and feel more safe with properly-equipped winter tires.
When Should I get Winter Tires Installed?
As soon as the temperature stays consistently at 7℃ or below, it’s time to get your tires switched over to your winters. Under best practices, you should get your winter tires on well before the snow falls to stay ready beforehand. This means if you’re waiting for the snow to come before you get your winters on, you’re risking your chances of collisions. You’ll want to be as prepared as possible, meaning getting it done right as the weather starts turning cold before the snow comes for good. Most people don’t follow this rule, and will be jammed into a service department when the snow hits to get their tires changed; that’s why you should avoid the rush and get it done early.
What Other Winter Vehicle Gear Do I Need?
You have winter tires on, but that’s not the only thing you can equip your vehicle with, both inside and out. You never know when your vehicle might break down, so you should always stay prepared. After all, that’s what winter driving is all about: being prepared. Dress warm every time you drive, but also store extra supplies in your car. Jackets, sweaters, gloves, scarves, boots, socks and blankets are all great to store in your vehicle in case of emergency. Specifically, an emergency or first-aid kit is essential, with things like a flashlight, whistle, food, water, matches and anything else that you think would aid you. Batteries die in the cold, so keep some booster cables on hand and an extension cord to plug in your vehicle overnight if you aren’t blessed with a garage or underground parking. Of course, the classic kitty litter is good to have on hand, in case you find yourself stuck and in need of some traction help. Even specialty winter wiper blades are available that will cut through ice on your windshield. There are countless things you should and can have equipped on and in your vehicle, and following our suggestions will deliver exceptional peace-of-mind and preparedness for the winter.
How to Mentally Prepare for Winter Driving
Once you’ve got your vehicle winter-ready, don’t forget to take some time to prepare yourself mentally. You might be confident in your vehicle, and that’s great, but making sure you’re confident in your own driving ability is paramount. When winter driving, always stay extra cautious and leave space between other vehicles. Don’t be intimidated by other drivers who may not be following best winter driving practices. Sure, these rules are crucial for driving any time of the year, but especially essential for winter, when your reactions are affected by the environment around you.
West Side Mitsubishi is not only your local Edmonton destination for the best in Mitsubishi vehicles, but we’re here to get you prepared for winter driving as well. Please reach out to us for more, our service department will be more than happy to get your Mitsubishi car, SUV or other vehicle winter ready!