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Brighton drivers have already had a taste of winter driving this year and Mother Nature has more in store for us. Yep, it’s back to shoveling and scraping.

First of all, it’s extremely important to ensure all of your car’s fluids are topped up and fresh.  That includes engine oil, engine coolant, winter washer fluid and transmission fluid. You will also want to make sure you wiper blades are in good shape (you may want to install winter blades) and that your battery is ready for cold temperatures.

In addition to having your vehicle properly maintained for winter driving, there are some really simple tricks that can make your winter commute easier. We’ve put together a list of things to maybe try out this winter.

Keep Your Wiper Blades Upright – You’ve probably seen it before in a parking lot. Vehicles with their windshield wipers left in an upright position. It may look a little silly, but it actually works.  Leaving your wiper arms up will make scraping easier and will prevent your blades freezing to the glass of your windshield. Trust us; nothing is worse than breaking a wiper blade on the way to work in the middle of winter. Try covering your blades with socks to provide even more protection.

Stop Locks From Freezing – Here is another common problem. You’re about to jump in the car, only to find the door won’t open because your locks are frozen. You can buy lock de-icer at many stores, but if you’re in a bind hand sanitizer will do the job. Do not turn your car door key with force, you may have a frozen lock and a broken key.

Fog-Free Windows – How long do you spend waiting for your defrost to kick in to make your vehicle’s windows clear? You can actually reduce winter fog by not leaving open containers of liquid in your vehicle overnight. Water evaporates and causes more fog. Filling a sock with kitty litter can actually decrease the amount of fog in your car too. Cat litter will actually absorb the excess moisture in the air, therefore limiting fog.

Ice Covered Windows – It doesn’t take long for ice to take over your vehicle’s windows. A nasty freezing rain storm can result in a lot of scraping.  It’s very important to never use hot water to melt the ice on your windshield. The combination of cold ice and hot water can quickly lead to a shattered windshield, not something you want to deal with in the middle of February. Try putting some cooking spray on the rubber edges of your glass and doors before cold weather hits. This will make ice easier to remove and will help prevent your doors from freezing shut. Another trick is to spray a water and vinegar solution (three parts vinegar to one part water) to you windows before you park for the night. This homemade solution works as a great de-icer.

Buy a Good Snow Brush – A snow brush is not something to cheap out on. Look for a snow brush that has the reach and scraping you need. You will thank yourself for spending the extra money. If you don’t have an ice scraper an old credit card will work in a pinch. You might want to avoid using an active card to clean your windshield.

Keep Your Mirrors Ice-Free – One of the last things to heat up on many vehicles is the side mirrors. You need mirrors to safely drive and you may be waiting awhile for them to melt. Try placing plastic freezer bags over your mirrors when the icy weather is approaching. It’s a simple trick that can save you some time.

Minty Fresh Headlights – With all that snow, salt, dirt and slush a car will get pretty dirty during winter. Headlights are one of the first things to get dirty. It’s important to keep your headlights clean, especially during winter driving. You can actually clean your headlights really well with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.

Be Ready for Getting Stuck – Getting stuck is part of winter driving. Keep a big bag of cat litter in your truck, it helps gain traction in a tight situation and also provides some much-needed weight in the back of your vehicle. A large piece of cardboard is also a great tool for gaining traction when your vehicle is stuck. Remember, it’s important to not accelerate too much when stuck. You will just end up digging an icy hole and getting stuck more!

There are a lot of great things to do during an Brighton winter. It’s important to take your time and check local weather forecasts before leaving the house. It’s especially important to ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained with good snow tires and all fluids are topped up and good to go.

At our Brighton automotive repair shop, we understand a Durham region winter and our team will ensure your vehicle is safe to drive in whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Stop by our repair shop at or call us at (905) 723-7227.

Shop Location & Hours

14335 Little Lake Road,
Brighton ON.

JKL Will Be Closed From December 21st - 26th.
We Will Be Open December 27th - 28th.

Then we will be back to regular business hours January 2nd, 2019.

Happy New Year From The JKL Team.

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