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Is your car ready for winter?

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

October 13, 2010 — There could be an early start to winter this year and drivers are being warned to prepare for whatever Mother Nature brings.

Mechanics suggest drivers invest in winter tires
Mechanics suggest drivers invest in winter tires

Signs of an early winter are all around us. Cooler temperatures, frost and even snow in areas including Labrador. And when flurries start to fall, most people begin the count down to the winter season.

With it being a La Niña year, some places could see a longer and more intense winter than usual. While a lot of snow can be fun for tobogganing and building snow forts, it can be extremely dangerous on the roads.

Mechanics say it's never too early to get your car ready for the frosty months ahead.

There are already signs of winter in parts of the country
There are already signs of winter in parts of the country

Kevin Hebert is a mechanic in North Bay, Ontario and he says as soon as frost covers the ground, driving conditions become dangerous. Herbert suggests investing in winter tires.

“Your summer tires just don't stick anymore. The winter tire compound is stickier in lower temperatures where so a summer tire is harder for traction on hot pavement,” explains Herbert.

He adds that checking your car battery isn't a bad idea either.

“Battery electrolytes evaporate in the hot sun. Even though they are sealed, they still evaporate...and it just doesn't have the cold crank capacity of a new one [battery].”

The changing seasons also have police on high alert. Authorities are warning drivers to start adjusting their habits on the roads as conditions can change quickly and at any time.

To stay up-to-date on the weather in your area and to look for any signs of winter approaching, check out our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for National updates at the top and bottom of each hour.

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