Time to get your car ready for fall winter driving

Wet roads and freezing temperatures are on the way

While we’re still enjoying a sensational late summer, fall rains and cooler temperatures aren’t far off.

And that means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your vehicle for the change of seasons too.

One of the first things to think about is your tires, and whether they’ll safely get you where you need to go, says Mike Salkus, service manager at the North Saanich Canadian Tire, serving the entire Saanich Peninsula.

Here on the South Island, if your travels after Oct. 1 will include the Malahat, you’ll need either Mud & Snow or Winter tires – look for either the snowflake or the M+S symbol stamped on the side.

Regular tires start to lose their grip on the road as soon as temperatures drop to 7°C, so you’ll want to schedule your tire switch-over before the cold weather hits, Salkus says.

And when you purchase tires from Canadian Tire, they offer an Extended Road Hazard Warranty starting at $7.99 per tire, which offers free replacement on tires for 5 years if your tire cannot be repaired! See in store for details.

Servicing more than tires

While you’re changing your tires, it’s also time so shake off that summer road-trip dust and check your coolant levels, fluids, hoses and brakes.

“If your brake pads are worn, you lose part of your braking distance – something that’s especially important to address before roads turn slick,” Salkus says.

Your technician will also ensure there’s no leaks in your exhaust system, which can cause carbon monoxide to leak into the vehicle, and they will ensure all your lights are working as they should. “We’re coming into shorter, darker days so part of our service is ensuring you’ll be able to see – and be seen.”

That focus on customer service means you’ll typically be able to get your vehicle in to the technician within a day, with service bays open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

It’s easy to see why this new shop, outfitted with the latest gear and with experienced, skilled technicians installing only premium parts, is the Peninsula’s go-to choice for warranty-approved servicing.

The peace of mind you want

For even more peace of mind, drivers know that wherever their Canadian travels take them, work undertaken at any Canadian Tire is under warranty from coast to coast, Salkus adds.

To book your fall vehicle inspection, stop by Canadian Tire at 10300 McDonald Park Rd. in North Saanich, or call the service department at 778-746-4120.

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