Canadian winters are cold and icy. Even a large truck or SUV with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive needs some proper maintenance before we enter into the coldest and iciest months. Here’s how to prepare your truck or SUV for winter:
Get your oil changed. Routine maintenance is the number one way to keep your truck or SUV running smoothly. If you are due soon for an oil change, bring your vehicle in to High River Toyota. During the oil change, we can also rotate your tires ahead of winter and check any issues you might be concerned about.
Check all exterior lights: Make sure none of your lights have burnt out, as visibility is key. Be sure to check headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.
Test your battery and brakes: Make sure your battery is strong enough to survive the cold winter and that your brakes will be able to provide the stopping power needed in wintry conditions. Not sure what you’re looking at? Bring your truck or SUV into our dealership, and we’ll take a look.
Get snow tires: Everyone in Canada should have a good set of snow tires, also called winter tires. Have them installed before the temperature drops any further. At the very least, make sure your tread depth is not too worn, and regularly inspect your tire pressure, which loses a pound of pressure per every 10-degree (Fahrenheit) drop in temperature. Fill up your tires if they are low for better fuel economy and safer driving.
Pack an emergency kit: Your truck or SUV should have a vehicle emergency kit, especially in the winter. It should include hats, gloves, coats, and blankets; tools like a collapsible shovel and jumper cables; batteries and a flashlight; a first-aid kit; and snacks and water.
Schedule a maintenance check with our trained technicians at High River Toyota to get your vehicle prepped for winter driving.