For those of you new to PegCityLovely, Peg City refers to the nickname of my amazing city of Winnipeg; however, we also have another nickname: WINTERPeg!
This year’s temperatures have been so mild that we haven’t really gotten into the true meaning of winter as we know it here in the ‘Peg. But it’s coming, it always does…
I must admit, I do get a bit of anxiety when we get our first dumping of snow. It’s already tough making sure you are complying with safe driving rules, nevermind adding ice and snow to the mix.
How do you prepare your car for winter?
The folks at Fountain Tire suggest to Pack a winter driving kit and put it into your car.
Items should include:
- Warm winter gloves, toque and boots
- Blanket or extra clothing
- Bag of sand or kitty litter
- Small shovel
- Ice scraper and/or snow brush
- Snacks for energy
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Waterproof matches
- Battery jumper cables
Fountain Tire is also known for, you guessed it, TIRES! Specifically, winter tires at this time of year.
DID YOU KNOW?
Canada’s Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) cites studies that show the superiority of winter tires which, unlike all-seasons and all-weathers, are specifically designed for winter.
I’m always amazed at how many posts and status updates I always see in mid to late November about friends and family getting ready to put their winter tires on. And yet, here I am, winter tire-less!
I bought my Hyundai Santa Fe in May 2006 brand spankin new and I have never put on winter tires, in 10 years!
My fiance, Michal, has owned 2 BMW’s and he always changes his tires each winter. Hmmm, now that I think about it perhaps we need a conversation about why he doesn’t’ change my tires too? hahaha (we just have never put money aside for it to be honest)
Funny stuff aside, he’s a total car guy, knows the ins and outs of vehicles, and he can tell you the specs of any car and why you should or shouldn’t buy it if you ask him. Clearly, he knows what he’s talking about!
I told him I was writing about winter driving and the usefulness of winter tires, so I asked if he could provide some insight about why he chooses to change his tires every winter, and here it is:
There is a big difference in traction, it’s not a marketing gimmick. It’s the only piece of your car that makes contact with the surface, it’s like wearing running shoes in winter instead of boots.
That being said it’s much safer especially when you have a family, and by safer I mean you are less likely to slide sideways, you can accelerate faster and brake quicker.
All this means you can drive with a lot more confidence.
It’s peace of mind.
And this is why I’m going to marry him folks! His insight is eloquently put and makes perfect sense to me without any technical mumbo-jumbo. All Season vs All Weather vs Winter, it can get a little confusing as to the benefits of each one.
DID YOU KNOW?
Alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year-round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction.
Soooo, guess who’s getting new winter tires this year! Yep, ME!
Oh, but you can too!
I’ll be getting mine soon and you’ll have to stay tuned to see my review of the process.
Open to Canada only – ends December 12/16 – please be sure to check if there is a Fountain Tire near you before you enter!
What are the benefits for you and/or your family to use winter tires?
**Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Fountain Tire. **