Vehicle Safety Checklist
Safe driving in winter weather requires a few key components to be functioning properly. These components are listed below and are each worth a check going into the winter months.
- Wiper blades – are they in good condition and working properly?
- Windshield washer fluid – is it topped up and freeze-resistant?
- Battery – is it strong enough to start your car in cold conditions?
- Engine coolant – is it topped up and freeze-resistant?
- Alignment – is your car tracking straight?
- Brakes – are they in good condition?
- And perhaps most importantly – Do you have winter tires on your car?
Check to ensure each of these components is working properly. Any deficiency that is noticeable now will likely be exacerbated by cold weather and winter driving conditions. If you notice anything, would like a second opinion, or just don’t want to do the check yourself, bring your car into Clarkdale Volkswagen and we’d be happy to help!
Clarkdale Volkswagen Service Promotions
Valid until December 31st 2015
- Complimentary 6 Months ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE* + Complimentary Alignment Check with any Volkswagen paid maintenance
*To be eligible, you need to have requested a paid maintenance and your vehicle should no longer be under manufacturer warranty. If you have no warranty left on your Volkswagen, this will give you roadside assistance for 6 months. If you have less than 6 months of warranty left, this will top you up to 6 months. And if you have 6+ months left on your warranty, you’re already covered.
- Tire Rotation from $39.95
- Rear Brakes from $349.99
- Front Brakes from $399
How exactly do winter tires differ from all-season and summer tires?
- Tire performance is directly related to temperature. As a tire heats up, its rubber softens and its grip increases. Summer tires are made of hard rubber that softens under warm summer driving conditions. Under cold conditions (defined as anything below 7 degrees Celsius), the opposite happens – the rubber becomes even harder, much like hockey puck on the ice. The consequence of hardened rubber is significantly less traction and poorer braking performance under cold temperature conditions.
- Winter tires, on the other hand, have a tread pattern and composition of soft rubber specifically designed to optimize traction and braking performance in cold temperatures.
- And they really work. In fact, braking performance in cold weather is up to 62% better with winter tires than with all-season tires.
It is easy to see that the safest option is to run two sets of tires: summer tires for warm weather and winter tires for cold weather. Despite the supporting evidence, there are two reasons why people don’t necessarily do this: cost and storage. But this is untrue! The money spent on a set of winter tires is the money saved on the lack of wear on the summer tires –10,000 km on winter tires means 10,000 extra km on your summer tires! And regarding storage, Clarkdale’s Tire Storage Program has got you covered!