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Winter Preparation

Tune Up your Car


Winter weather presents the greats challenge to your car and its engine prepare for winter by getting a complete check up in the fall

The following systems should be checked:


Cold weather starts require a battery that is fully charged Recharged or replace weak batteries. Have your charging system checked, too.
Ignition system:
Damaged ignition wires or a cracked distributor cap may cause a sudden breakdown.
Regularly check that all lights are functioning properly and that headlights are properly aimed.
Brakes should be checked and, if needed, serviced to ensure even braking.
The traction between the tires and the road surface determines how well your vehicle starts, turns and stops.Make certain your snow tires or all season radials are properly inflated and in good condition. Ensure all four tires have the same tread pattern for even traction.
The exhaust system:
Have the exhaust system fully checked for leaks that could
send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
Heating, and cooling system:
Check your radiator and hoses for cracks and leaks. Make sure the radiator cap, water pump and thermostat work properly. Test the strength of the anti freeze, and test the functioning of the heater and defroster.

Make sure wipers are in good condition and fill up on winter washer fluid.

One way to find a good repair facility to tune up your vehicle is to look for the CAA Approved Auto Repair Services sign at garages. Check the Yellow Pages or contact your local CAA office. These garages must meet CAM special standards for fairness and reliability.

Prepared driver is always a winner
  • If you must drive in bad weather, plan ahead and make sure you have enough fuel.
  • See and be seen; clear all snow from the hood, roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of fog. If visibility becomes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as possible.
  • Try to keep to main roads.
  • Wear warm clothes that do not restrict movement.
  • Drive with caution. Measure your speed to conditions.
  • Don't press on. If the going gets tough, turn back or seek refuge.
  • Avoid overtaking another vehicle if possible, when weather conditions and roads are bad.
  • Keep your radio tuned to a local station for weather advice.
  • Buckle up at all times. Properly secure small children in child restraints.
  • Don't drive after drinking alcohol and don't drive if you're feeling drowsy.
  • In bad weather, let someone know your route and intended arrival time, so you can be searched for, if you don't turn up after a reasonable delay
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