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Safe Winter Driving: A Guide For Navigating Icy Roads

Driving on icy, snow-covered roads demands unique skills and preparations to ensure you arrive at your destination safely. Hazards — like reduced traction, decreased visibility, and an increased risk of skidding — require a proactive approach to driving and a commitment to equipping your vehicle with the right tools. Here are some must-haves to ensure your next winter drive is safe.

Snow tires

Snow tires

Snow tires have a unique tread pattern and rubber compound to enhance traction in cold temperatures and on slippery surfaces. These specialized tires work wonders in icy and snowy conditions, offering better grip and handling than all-season tires. The investment in snow tires is a small price to pay for the added control, safety and peace of mind they bring.

A clear view of the road

Snow, sleet and freezing rain can quickly obscure your windshield. Proper windshield wipers ensure you have a clear and unobstructed view of the road. Invest in high-quality winter wiper blades designed to handle freezing temperatures and icy conditions. These blades are more effective in sweeping away slush and snow, preventing dangerous visibility issues. Don’t forget to top up your windshield washer fluid with a winter-grade solution that won’t freeze in the reservoir.


Your vehicle will need a bit of tweaking for optimal performance in winter. Schedule a thorough winter maintenance check, including:

  • Battery inspection. Cold temperatures can be harsh on your battery. Ensure it’s in good condition and replace it if needed.

  • Fluid levels. Check and top up all essential fluids, including oil, coolant and brake fluid.

  • Brake inspection. Make sure your brakes are in top-notch condition. Icy roads demand responsive braking.

  • Lights and signals. Ensure all lights — including headlights, taillights and turn signals — work correctly. Proper visibility is crucial during winter driving.

  • Heaters and defrosters. Rust and debris can build up in the core of your heater, so have a technician clean out the cowling area so air and coolant can move freely through the system.

  • Emergency kit. Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight and a first aid kit. You never know when you might need it.

Winter tires and auto repair in Salmon Arm, Chilliwack and around Vancouver

Do you need to get your winter tires installed? Is it time for an oil change? Or perhaps your vehicle needs an auto repair? No matter what your automotive needs, Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres can help. With multiple locations throughout Vancouver, B.C. and Alberta, you won’t have to go far to find us. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll gladly lend a hand.


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