Getting the Car Ready for Winter


I have been putting it off for far too long, so long in fact that I actually smashed my car into a curb. I thought that I just knocked the alignment out, but it turns out that I scratched my tire rim pretty badly and bent the steering arm for my front axle.

Needless to say, I finally made the long trek out to my parents farm and put winter tires on my car. I always feel like it is a way bigger task than what it actually turns out to be. I figured that I would need at least four hours to change my tires over, but apparently it only took an hour.

Now, you might be wondering to yourself why I would expend so much effort on changing my tires every season. If you have never had winter tires, you may not understand how much better they work in cold weather, in snow, and on ice. However, the difference in driving is very black and white.

Winter tires are manufactured with softer rubber which provides better traction at colder temperatures. They also typically have a much deeper tread depth in order to maintain control through the snow. Also, your tires will last longer as you will only be using them half the year.

This year, Manitoba Public Insurance has offered the opportunity to finance your winter tires. They are offering financing for up to $2,000 to eligible Manitoban’s to purchase tires, rims, tire pressure monitoring systems and much more. If you have already purchased your tires, you may still be eligible to apply for reimbursement through the Winter Tire Loan Program. For full details, click here.

Drive safe this winter.

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