Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter in Cottage Country

Written by: Roger Stephan



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As winter approaches in cottage country, the first signs of snow and ice have already started to make their appearance. With the winter season just around the corner, it's crucial to prepare your vehicle for the challenging weather conditions ahead.


Let’s review the essential steps to ensure your car is ready for winter, helping you stay safe on the road in cottage country:

Windshield Wiper Fluid:

One of the first things you should check is your windshield wiper fluid. Ensure it's topped up and keep an extra bottle in your vehicle. Snow, slush, and salt can quickly obstruct your vision, and having clean windows is essential for safe driving during winter.

Snow/Ice Tools:

Don't wait until the first snowfall to retrieve your snow and ice scraper, along with other necessary tools from the depths of your trunk. Be proactive and have them ready in your car. You'll thank yourself when that first snowstorm hits.

Snow Tires:

In snowy regions like Ontario, snow tires can make a significant difference in traction and control. Check your tire treads and, if you have them, install your snow tires as soon as possible. It's a proactive measure that can greatly improve your safety on snowy roads.

Wiper Blades:

Inspect your wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition. If they are worn out, consider replacing them. In extreme winter conditions, you might also opt for winter wiper blades specially designed for Canadian weather.

Tire Pressure:

Colder temperatures can cause your tire pressure to drop. Regularly check the pressure and consider the option of keeping a portable air compressor in your car for quick adjustments. Properly inflated tires provide better grip and handling on icy roads.

Battery Testing:

A weak or old battery is more likely to fail in cold weather. Test your battery to ensure it's in good condition and replace it if needed. A reliable battery is essential to start your car on chilly mornings.

Lubricate Windows and Locks:

Use a dry silicone spray, such as this one made by 3-in-One, to lubricate your windows and door locks. This prevents them from freezing, ensuring smooth operation during winter.

Winter Survival Kit:

Pack a winter survival kit in your car, containing essentials like a compact or foldable shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets, gloves, and a hat. A first aid kit is another good idea. Jumper cables are a must in case your battery needs a boost. And consider keeping a candle and lighter/matches in the car for emergency heat.

Traction Aid:

Keep a bag of safety absorbent or kitty litter in your vehicle. These materials can provide traction under your tires if you ever get stuck in the snow. 

Check Your Lights and Signals:

Check your lights, turn signals, emergency lights, and horn to ensure they are all functioning correctly. Also, clean your car headlights for better visibility.

Winter in cottage country Ontario can be harsh, but with the right preparations, you can navigate the season safely. By following these tips and ensuring your vehicle is winter-ready, you'll be better equipped to handle the challenges of driving in snow and ice. Stay safe on the road and enjoy the winter wonderland of cottage country that’s very quickly approaching.

Sincerely, Roger and Rose