How to Conquer Winter Driving in Mississauga, ON

We all dread the weather this time of year, especially when it comes to the road. Even though the weather outside isn't as frightful as it is in the prairies right now, the snow can hit pretty hard here in southern Ontario, especially when we don't have the same heavy-duty equipment to clean it up. To make sure you stay safe on the road, we compiled our list of must-dos for your vehicle during the colder months in Mississauga!

Winter Tires

Having an extra set of tires for winter is a must when comes to your safety. All season tires are okay, but winter tires have deeper grooves and are more flexible in weather conditions under -7 degrees Celsius. This gives you greater traction and control over your vehicle when the roads start to get slippery.

A Working Battery

Make sure your battery is charged and working normally. Even though temperatures don't normally reach below -20 here, cold weather badly affects battery performance, so check it before the temperature drops. It also helps a lot to store a pair of jumper cables in the trunk in case you, or anyone else, needs help boosting their batteries.

Huge lineup of vehicles stuck in a traffic jam during a snow storm

Oil Changes

The oil in your car thickens in cold weather so, a thinner grade of oil will help your car run more smoothly in the winter. Of course, you're always welcome to come into our dealership for a quick oil change for the winter!

Windshield Wipers & Fluid

Try buying winter wiper blades, which prevent ice and snow from hardening on the wiper. This helps keep your windshield and windows clear so your driving visibility is always on point. You should also consider keeping a snow-brush and scraper in your vehicle for all the heavy snowfall that the wipers can't get!

Front view of a massive vehicle traffic jam on the highway during the winter

Winter Emergency Kit

Pack your trunk for emergencies with these super-resourceful items, in case you get stuck!

  • Snow shovel
  • Flares
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Salt
  • Flashlight

Drive Slow on the Roads

Always make sure to drive slowly because accelerating, stopping and turning all take longer on snow-covered or icy roads. You should also leave more distance than usual between vehicles, according to the weather it can take longer to stop! Additionally, don't activate your cruise control when driving on a slippery surface. You want to maintain full control of your vehicle. Before leaving for your commute, know your route and be especially alert to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes.

A child and his pet dog peeking their head out of the vehicle

What are some of your tips for roads in the winter? Tweet us at @Whiteoak_Ford or send us a message on our website!

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