5 Winter Car Problems In Canada And How To Avoid Them
Posted on January 15, 2021
As your local dealer, we here at CarHub know how brutal Canadian winters can be. Not only are they difficult for you to handle, they put a real toll on your car. Winter car problems are something you should take seriously. While it is important to winterize a car and equip with winter tires, there are some other things you should do to keep you and your car safe in the frigid temperatures.
1. Dead Battery
There's really no worse feeling than turning the key in your car or pressing the start button, only for nothing to happen. Probably this will top our list of winter car problems. While a few problems could cause that to happen, in the winter it's often caused by a dead battery.
Low temperatures put a strain on your battery. If it's low on charge or the battery is near the point of failing, a few nights below freezing could easily cause it to fail. That's bad, because the battery is what gets your engine going at first.
If you have a charger at home, periodically topping off your battery is a good idea. Even better, have our service department test your battery to see if it needs to be swapped for a new one. That will keep you from being stranded somewhere in the freezing cold.
2. Poor Visibility
Snowfall, spray from other cars' tires, and melting ice can all prove to be a challenge when it comes to proper visibility while driving. The problem is too many drivers don't want to think about this issue until they have a problem, but by then it's too late.
Take some positive steps to ensure you can see in difficult conditions. Check that your headlights and foglights are working properly. When you clear snow from your car, brush off the light lenses as well. You can also read more on how to clean your headlights to increase visibility.
If your wipers leave streaks, clean the blade with a soft cloth, then test them again. Swap out the wiper blades if they still leave streaks on the glass. Even small streaks can make seeing in a snowstorm difficult. While you're at it, check the washer fluid reservoir and top it off with freeze-resistant fluid.
3. Insufficient Traction
Since the roads become extra slippery in the winter, proper traction is key for your car. Many drivers think their all season tires are sufficient, but the truth is they aren't. Winter tires not only have more aggressive tread patterns, they're made of rubber compounds which don't freeze in lower temperatures. That means better grip and superior control in winter conditions.
4. Getting Stuck
Becoming stuck on a road isn't a fun situation, but there are steps you can take to avoid what at best is an inconvenience. First off, winter tires are a huge help, but you should consider carrying tire chains in your car for when conditions get especially bad.
Check local road and traffic reports before heading out, especially in unfamiliar areas. This can help you avoid a problem path where you're more likely to become stuck.
5. Snowplow Incidents
While they work to keep the roads clear, which is a good thing, you need to be aware that snowplows also pose a danger. The operators can't always see you, thanks to the sheer size of the machines, so you need to give them plenty of room on the road.
In general, you should stay behind snowplows and let them go ahead. That helps you drive on freshly-cleared roads, which is a great benefit anyway. If for some reason you must pass a snowplow, always do so on the left, because the plows throw the snow from the road to the right.
Also take a note of these winter emergency kit essentials for your car.
Contact North York Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram for your winter car servicing needs.