Driving in winter weather – snow, ice, wet and cold – creates a great challenge for vehicles and drivers.
Keeping your vehicle in good technical repair reduces your chances of facing any mishaps or disasters while driving. Our mobile department proactively prepares our ISO vehicles to ensure patrols are not disrupted through the winter months.
Do the same for your vehicle and use our checklist to complete checkup to prepare for your vehicle for seasonal:
Battery: Recharge or replace if the battery is weak. Also have the charging system checked.
Ignition: Check for damaged ignition wires and cracks in the distributor cap.
Lights: Check all lights (headlights, side lights, emergency flashers, directional lights, taillights, brake lights and parking lights) for proper functioning.
Check brakes and adjust to ensure equal braking.
The traction between tires and roadway determines how well a vehicle rides, turns and stops, and is crucial for safe driving in winter. Proper tire selection is very important.
Use all-season radial tires only in areas that receive only light snowfall.
Use snow tires in areas that receive heavy snowfall.
Use chains on all four wheels when you expect severe snow and icy roads. Check with your local Department or Ministry of Transportation office to see if the use of tire chains is legal in the region through which you are planning to drive.
Check tire pressure and if necessary restore it to levels recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Do not mix radial tires with other types.
Check tire balance and correct if necessary.
Check wheel alignment and correct if necessary.
Check the exhaust system for leaks. A properly sealed exhaust system reduces the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keep the window in your vehicle slightly open when you're stuck in snow, and run the engine and heater to keep warm.
Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow. A blocked pipe can force carbon monoxide back into the car interior.
Check the radiator and hoses for leaks.
Ensure that your vehicle always has a sufficient amount of antifreeze rated for the coldest weather.
Check the defrosters (front and back) to make sure they are working efficiently.
Ensure that windshield wipers function efficiently. Replace them if they are old or worn.
Fill the washer container with an antifreeze fluid and top it up frequently.
Fill up the fuel tank before you leave on your trip.
Do not let the fuel level get too low - the driving time to the next gas station may take much longer than you ever expected, and if you get stuck, the car engine will be your only source of heat.