I recently had a chance to check out my local Canadian Tire Gas Plus location to fill up on gas, and to check out some products for the upcoming winter season.
The gas at this Gas Plus station was several cents cheaper than other gas stations in the area:
I like that you get Canadian Tire money when you fill up gas. I learned that you can also save up to 10 cents per litre if you have a Gas Advantage Mastercard. This, coupled with the cheaper prices to begin with will make me want to visit again to fill up on gas. I love this loyalty program—Canadian Tire money is easy to save up in a jar to make buying larger purchases a little bit easier. I remember saving up for a really nice electric kettle several years ago—I felt like I really saved a lot of money that way, and it was so much easier to figure out my savings, compared to typical points programs at other stores. If you don’t want to save your Canadian Tire money, there are always drop boxes for charity at the exits of the stores.
This particular gas station was on the small side, but they still had some essentials for winter that I looked at: antifreeze and windshield washer fluid, along with transmission fluid and oil. I was on a bit of a mission this particular day to find everything I needed to winterize a car. Having just moved from Vancouver (with a super mild winter) to Calgary (with a super harsh winter), I definitely needed some help with products to get that would work best for this climate.
I went in to the store location attached to the Gas Plus, to see what ideas I could get for ways to make sure that I’d be safe and prepared for the upcoming winter season.
I purchased these 2 products, as well as some windshield washer fluid for -45 degrees:
What You’ll Need For Winterizing:
- Gas Line Antifreeze
- Winter-worthy Windshield Washer Fluid
- Snow Brush
- Ice Scraper
- Tires with Enough Treads to Last All Season—or chains if you really need them.
Extras That You Might Want To Have:
- De-Icing Spray
- Emergency Heated Blanket
- Emergency Roadside Kit
- Heated Car Seat Cover
I plan on buying a kit like the one above to keep in the car—this is especially important for winter driving.
Things You Should Make Sure Are Up To Snuff:
- Car Battery
- Windshield Washers
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