In Manitoba, it snows. It also sleets, rains ice, and occasionally slush falls from the sky.
This weather, and our frigid temperatures, can make winter driving a challenge. Here are some things you can do to make sure your truck is ready for the test:
1) Tires. Snows are best, but a good aggressive all-season tread can work too. Make sure they’re not worn, and check the inflation a couple of times as the outdoor temperatures fall. Cooler air tends to make the pressure drop. Don’t forget the spare.
2) Block heater. If your truck is equipped with one, make sure that it works. It’s much easier to fix a problem now than it will be on the first -10 degree day.
3) Fluids. See that your antifreeze/coolant is topped up, and that it’s up to the job. A hydrometer can be used to check its freezing point. Make sure it’s good and low. A spare jug of windshield was is a must.
4) Wipers. Change them now. Winter blades are worth the investment.
5) Mud flaps. Make sure you still have them all. Once the temperature drops, we call them slush flaps. They’ll keep the nasty stuff out of the little crevices, and help our trucks last longer.
6) Floor mats. Most of the time, it’s the liquid from above rusting the floors in our trucks. Invest in the best ones you can find. We recommend WeatherTech, because they’re custom cut for your vehicle.
7) Emergency kit. Be sure you’re prepared for the worst –having to spend some time stranded in your vehicle in a storm. A blanket, some water, candles and basic first aid supplies are essential. Perhaps the best safety device is a communication tool – a cellphone with a full charge and some available airtime can be essential.
Carlson Truck Outfitters is Winnipeg’s premiere choice for the industry’s best truck accessories. We’re located at 1392c Regent Ave.