1) Get your car winter-ready
Before the full force of the winter weather begins, take these steps for vehicle maintenance that will see your car through to the springtime.Your battery should always be your first priority. Throughout winter, it undergoes a massive bout of cold temperatures, which can minimize output. The increased use of the lights and heater also place it under added pressure. If your vehicle is experiencing difficulties starting, get the battery inspected and exchanged if necessary.
As tires are indispensable to steering and stopping, it is crucial they are in tip-top shape. You can ensure this by checking for pressure and tread depth and swap your all-seasons for some winter tires.
2) Read up on your road safety resources
Check weather and road conditions frequently through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation or Ontario 511. Pick the route you'll take ahead of time and look at the weather forecast to guarantee you know what to expect before you set off.
Slow down and always allow yourself extra travel time. Drive in a way that is consistent with your environment and don't rely on your GPS to tell you when you’ll reach your destination.
The non-emergency phone number for the Ontario Provincial Police is 1-888-310-1122. Click here or provincial highway conditions, or call 511.