What’s the best Nissan? With winter just around the corner, it is important to think about seasonal maintenance for your vehicle now! Whether it’s for an oil change or a winter tire change, you’ll know everything you need to know about seasonal maintenance for your car.
Baie-Comeau Nissan gives you all the details you need for the seasonal maintenance of your vehicle.
Car Maintenance: A Must for a Peaceful Winter
Winter brings its share of challenges for motorists throughout Québec. Snow is one of the issues, but ice, frost, battery management and antifreeze are also key elements to remember here.
Your winter car maintenance should include steps to ensure a worry-free winter drive, starting with the first snowfall. So be ready sooner rather than later! La Presse+ tells us about the dangers of poor preparation for the first snowfall:
“Every year, the same scenario repeats itself. When the first snow falls, the number of collisions and run-offs skyrockets.”
Your driving habits also need to be reviewed to adapt to it. A well-prepared vehicle for winter also makes this transition easier. It’s easy to imagine that some accidents are directly caused by poor driving or the absence of winter tires on a car.
But the reality is quite different: even for experienced drivers, winter conditions are simply different and more demanding, both for you and your car.
Good maintenance means checking the accessible parts of your vehicle. You can prepare your car before you bring it to the dealership. Winter is known to be tough at times when it comes to winter driving: stack the odds in your favor!
Checking Your Vehicle Before Winter: A Few Reminders
Proper seasonal maintenance is done both inside and outside the vehicle.
Inside, be sure to pay special attention to the following:
- Clean your interior
- Remove any items that can be easily damaged by the cold
- Make sure your interior lighting is working (the days are short!)
Outside, check the following points:
- Clean the windshield, mirrors and bodywork
- Verify your headlights are working properly
- Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly
- Take a look at your battery before winter
Carefully consider the presence of dead leaves and samaras, whose liquid can cause long-term damage to the bodywork.
The most important things to check for a pleasant winter drive are your brakes, heater, antifreeze, windshield washer and tires.
Don’t Forget Your Winter Tires!
Your car’s maintenance wouldn’t be complete without winter tires. For winter tires, the date to remember is December 1st. Winter tires in Québec are mandatory as of this date.
To avoid long waiting times at this time of year at your dealer, you can have them changed a few weeks in advance.
However, don’t get too far ahead of time. Winter tires depend on on cold temperatures to do their job effectively, as Le Guide de l’auto points out:
“In other words, just as a summer tire doesn’t perform well in the snow, a winter tire won’t perform effectively on hot summer asphalt. This could even affect good road-handling abilities, fuel economy and braking performance of your vehicle .”
How do you choose the best winter tire? Like all other components of your car, winter tires should be selected according to your driving style.
Rely on professionals in the field to choose the best winter tires for your car.
Have Professionals Take Care of Your Vehicle’s Seasonal Maintenance
Getting a month’s notice is a good way to get your winter tires changed and your vehicle inspected for things you may not be able to check yourself.
Take advantage of winter tire installation to have your vehicle inspected! Baie-Comeau Nissan offers cold-weather maintenance so, regardless of the weather, you can hit the road with peace of mind.
Along Route 138 on the Côte-Nord, near Pointe-Lebel and Chute-aux-Outardes, your Nissan dealer is waiting for you to carry out your vehicle’s seasonal maintenance!
Take a look at our maintenance packages available at our Nissan dealer in Baie-Comeau.