How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter Tire


Winters in greater Oakville are brutal, and the thick ice on our roads makes winter driving particularly unsafe. If you live in the area, it’s especially important that you prepare your vehicle for winter. Read our tips for information about how to find the best winter car tires, and other preparations you should make. Then, reach out to our service department for help with winterizing your vehicle in Burlington!



Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

To ensure your safety on the road, make sure to prepare your car for winter by following these helpful tips:

  • Test your battery. Big drops in temperature can put stress on your battery—not forget, that you don’t want to be stranded on the road in February due to a dead battery.
  • Change your oil more frequently. The cold thickens the oil and makes it less effective, so be sure to use lightweight oils.
  • Make sure that you top off your coolant and that you’ve checked your coolant tank for leaks, otherwise, vital components in your car could freeze or crack.
  • Check your belts and hoses for leaks. They can become especially brittle in cold temperatures.
  • If you notice your wheels vibrating, you way have snow or ice accumulated in your wheel-well, so be prepared to have your wheels inspected.
  • Inspect your wiper blades. Snow and slush can build up quickly on your windshield, and if your wiper blades are too worn to clear the buildups, you might put yourself in danger.
  • The easiest way to ensure your vehicle is ready is to take it in for a comprehensive maintenance.

The Benefits of Winter Tires

In more moderate climates, all-season tires will likely do the trick, but in Milton, you must install winter tires. This may be the single most important thing when you prepare your car for winter. That’s because, while all-season tires can handle sleet, light ice, and snow dusts, they don’t stand a chance on Canadian winter roads. Winter tires feature especially deep grooves, complex tread patterns, and biting-edge slits. Together, these work to give your tires the traction they need to maintain stability on ice and cut through embankments of snow. At Mercedes-Benz Burlington, our tire specialists can help you find the best winter tires for your vehicle.

Have More Questions About How to Prepare Your Car for Winter?

If you have any unanswered questions about winterizing your vehicle, you’d like the help of our mechanics, or you’d like to find the best winter tires and install those winter tires on your vehicle, get in touch with Mercedes-Benz Burlington. We’ll make sure your vehicle has everything it needs to safely traverse Mississauga roads. Just give us a call at 877-353-5557. In the meantime, take a moment to explore our site for other helpful reads, including our guide on how to check tire tread depth and our overview of the differences between wheel balancing and alignment!


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