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Winterize Before First Manitoba Snowfall: CAA

November 5, 2015 2:47 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Car in Winter

(Car in winter image via Shutterstock)

We’re almost finished with the first week of November and southern Manitoba has yet to see an accumulation of snow on the ground, but it won’t be long now.

CAA Manitoba is urging motorists to prepare their vehicles for snow and freezing temperatures.

“It’s unusual for Manitoba to have had such nice weather into November, but we know snow that stays is just around the corner,” said Liz Kulyk with CAA Manitoba.

“It’s time to take advantage of Mother Nature’s grace period and get our cars ready because winter is coming.”

CAA says drivers should confirm their battery is still in good shape, and check belts, hoses, fluids, windshield wipers, and their thermostat.

CAA’s quick winterizing checklist:

  • Change to winter tires
    Roads can get slippery even without snow. Winter tires start to improve stability and control around 7 degrees celsius. MPI’s low-interest loan program helps motorists purchase these important pieces of safety equipment.
  • Check your oil and block heater
    Consider getting a synthetic oil change to help keep your car running smoothly in subzero temperatures. Arrange to have your block heater tested and vehicle inspected now before the cold hits.
  • Pack a roadside emergency kit
    In addition to carrying a charged cell phone, be prepared with a bag of essential items: tools, weatherproof emergency flares, hand warmers, blanket and more.