Winter Vehicle Maintenance; 5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle

The winter season is fast upon us and that means we are thinking all things Christmas, gasp I said it and it’s only October, and of course ensuring our little ones are bundled up when we send them off to school. Anyone else desperately trying on all things boots, jackets and hats and praying they still fit? Quite often we are so preoccupied during this change over season that we often forget about one very important thing, winter vehicle maintenance. 

Ensuring our vehicle are prepared for the winter weather is just as important as ensuring our babies are properly dressed for the elements. I might even go as far to say that it’s more important, simply because we use our vehicles everyday to get us to and fro and they carry our little babies safely inside. If regular winter vehicle maintenance isn’t properly performed then our vehicles aren’t as safe as they could be, and neither are our babies. 

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Winter Vehicle Maintenance; 5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

We’ve been driving a 2018 Santa Fe Xl from Open Road Hyundai now for a couple of weeks and we are absolutely loving it. While I could go on about all the things we are loving about the Santa Fe Xl right now, I’ll save those for another post. When the team at Open Road Hyundai was outfitting the car for us the one thing I requested to have, was to have the all season tires swapped for winter tires. With us living in the valley and on a hill not only are we prone to more snow and icy conditions but often earlier than other areas. Since we are out and about everyday I wanted to ensure that we were prepared for the winter conditions the moment they hit. Having winter tires placed on your vehicle is a simple but impactful change that can make the world of a difference in your winter driving. As a bonus, often dealerships will store your tires for you in the off season.

Winter Vehicle Maintenance

When it comes to winter vehicle maintenance, an even smaller but often very effective precaution is to ensure your windshield wiper fluid is topped up. With the weather often being less desirable with rain, snow, slushy roads and dirt flying everywhere, it can often impede the windshield and ones vision. Making sure your vehicle is topped up with wiper fluid can help keep your window clean and free from impairments.

Getting your car in for a regular oil change is key, no matter what the season is. But now that you are going down this checklist of things you need to do, now is the time to make sure its up to date. Like most things it seems like we often just completed one but thats just how fast time (and the kilometres) go. Staying on top of oil changes can make for a longer life span on your vehicles engine. Think of it as annual doctors or dentists visits but for your car.

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The rainy, snowy, slushy, muddy weather is near and that means now is the perfect time to swap out your carpeted floor mats and replace them with all weather ones. It might seem like a silly winter vehicle maintenance step to you, but to those of us with kids, especially young kids this is key. With visits to the pumpkin patch and boot weather in full swing there is nothing worse than trying to clean carpeted floor mats. 

Lastly and probably the most important one to me as of this past year is ensuring your vehicle has an emergency kit. If you already have one, ensure that it is up to date and that if it does contain any food items or water that they are not expired. Open Road Hyundai was kind enough to provide us with one and it has more than enough supplies should we find ourselves in an emergency. Some important items to have in an emergency kit are: jumper cables, water, snacks, first aid kit, warm blanket, flashlight. 

Have you preformed winter vehicle maintenance on your car yet?

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As part of my partnership with Open Road Hyundai, we are teaming up to help prepare 4 of you for the winter road conditions by giving away 4 Open Road Hyundai roadside backpacks. The backpacks contain all of the items mentioned above in the emergency kit and are perfectly sized to be tucked away in the truck of your car should you need them. 

 

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Giveaway is open to BC lower mainland residents only. Winner must be able to arrange pick up of the emergency kit in the Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack area. Giveaway is in no way endorsed by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Good luck and safe driving everyone!

winter vehicle maintenance

winter vehicle maintenance

winter vehicle maintenance

winter vehicle maintenance

winter vehicle maintenance

Genesis G70; The Girls in the Bright White Sports Car

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure, this post is in partnership with Open Road Hyundai, however all opinions stated above are my own.}

10 thoughts on “Winter Vehicle Maintenance; 5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle

  • October 29, 2018 at 11:01 pm
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    Super helpful tips! And a good reminder to get ready for the colder weather that is just around the corner.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 10:23 am
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    Scheduling extra time and getting the car checked

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  • October 31, 2018 at 11:02 am
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    I’m driving from Vancouver to Kamloops in January with my son. Not looking forward to that. Hubby usually does the driving, but it will be all up to me. You’re right though. Having my car tuned up with winter tires on will give me some peace of mind. I really don’t want to be white knuckling it the whole way! I need new wipers too. Thanks for the reminder. It’s good to be on top of these things as winter weather can be upon us without much warning.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    Just read the blog. And I’m definitely putting together an emergency kit for the car. Thanks for some helpful tips.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 9:18 pm
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    I’ve gotten my winter tires and snow scrapers installed and ready to use

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  • November 9, 2018 at 10:15 am
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    I always carry extra warm clothing and my snow boots in case we have to pull over and walk!

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  • November 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Happy it hasn’t snow yet like last year in November! Got our snow tires ready for Valley driving 🙂

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  • November 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    We’ve already put our winter tires on and always have rain clothes and boots on the car.

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  • November 12, 2018 at 6:38 am
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    We had our winter tires put on last week!

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