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The time to winterize vhehicle is now

Posted on November 4, 2014 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Carlie Connolly

Now is a great time to put on those snow tires for Alberta’s wintery weather, as it can ensure safe driving on the roads with fewer accidents. Fountain Tire Store’s manager in Redcliff, Joel Orenstein said that putting your winter tires on now can save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

Fountain Tires main goals this winter is to make everyone satisfied and make sure that customers go home safe with the proper tires, proper service, and an affordable expert level of care.

Winters can get extremely harsh, and taking the time to get your vehicle winterized is crucial.

“I find that a lot of people just don’t take the time to maintain their vehicle. Something small turns into something large very fast if it goes unnoticed,” Orenstein said.

A few tips from Orenstein in making sure your vehicle is properly winterized are making sure tires are good for the winter whether they are being all seasons or winters. Taking care of any mechanical issues is important, like breaks and making sure leaks are dealt with, because in the cold, they can escalate quickly. Also, making sure you have an emergency kit in case you are caught on the side of the road, booster cables are on hand and making sure batteries are up to snuff along with an alternator.

A right time is now for winter tires.  Orenstein says that before the snow flies is a good indicator.

“Just don’t leave it too late. Any time between the end of September and the end of October, the snow can really start to come down and stick to the ground. Basically when the weather starts to change and the air starts to get colder and the winds start to come out of the north a little more, that’s a good indication that colder weather is on its way.”

They’ve had lots come in to get prepared for the winter this year.

“Now is a great time to get it done. While the weather is still decent and while people are preparing their yard to get ready for winter time.”

Everybody should always be doing their regular maintenance to avoid any dangerous situations while sharing the road with others.

“Its not the person behind the wheel you have to worry about, it’s the person beside you behind the wheel you have to worry about”

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