I was recently transferred from Texas to Ottawa, ON for work. I have a U.S. spec 2012 Subaru Impreza and am wondering what is and what is not necessary for winter preparation for my car. I’ve done a lot of reading, so I have some idea of what you can do to prepare your car for winter, but I’m not sure what I need to do given my current circumstances and I don’t want to go overboard and do a lot of things that make no sense given my circumstances.
So, here we go. I don’t have parking at work, so I almost always walk or take public transportation. If things are really bad, my job is such that it’s not a huge deal if I’m a couple hours late for work.
I don’t drive much here. I went seven weeks without putting gas in my car and it still had 1/3 tank. So, I’m not out and about a lot with the car, and most of what I do, like errands, can be postponed a couple of days if the streets are really bad. I can walk to a grocery store and a couple of restaurants if need be.
I park the car in a heated (70F) garage. Street parking is not an option due to 3 hour time limit on street parking near me.
I am only here for 2 years, so 2 winters. After that, I’ll be transferred somewhere else, and who knows what the climate there will be.
I’m not sure how long I’ll keep the car. Under normal circumstances, I’d keep cars a long time, but with this job and being transferred internationally every few years, I may not keep it as long due to import regulations not allowing cars over a certain age, with the steering wheel on the left, that are certain colors (yes that happens!), and so on. So, I might keep it for 3 years, I might keep it for 15, depending on where I’m posted, etc.
So, given those circumstances, what should I do to prepare the car?