One of the most frequently asked questions among new Mustang owners in Canada is whether or not they can keep driving their favourite car through the winter.
For drivers in colder climes, where the snowy season accounts for as much as three-quarters to a third of the year, deciding when to pack in a high performance car can be an excruciating one.
On the one hand, no one wants to forego the raw excitement of taking their Mustang out on the open road for even a day longer than is necessary; on the other, winter is tough on even the best-made vehicles, and many drivers worry that keeping their Mustang on the road through the winter can do lasting damage.
The good news is that, even in snowy provinces like Ontario, it is not uncommon for people to drive their Mustangs year-round, with the proper precautions. In addition to giving your car a full tune-up before winter sets in, it is a good idea to have your regular tires replaced with winter tires that will offer you better traction on icy and snowy roads.
The tread pattern design on winter tires makes it easier for them to grab hold of slippery macadam, and because they are made from softer rubber, they have an increased amount of surface area for gripping the highway.
Many Mustang drivers also claim that weighing down the trunk by loading it with bags of road salt or gravel provides useful ballast that keeps the car’s rear wheels from swerving and jack-knifing on icy roads.
But the biggest issue drivers will face when taking their Mustang out in January or February is simply the age of the car itself. Not only has Mustang design changed considerably over the years, a newer car is always going to be better suited to navigating difficult driving conditions and adapting to changes in temperature.
For example, if you test drive the new Ford Mustang GT on a winter road outside Toronto, you’ll likely find that it provides you with the stability, centre of gravity, and performance you need to drive confidently through a blizzard. If you take out an un-refurbished model from the late-90s, you’ll probably have a different experience.
This is why it can be worthwhile to upgrade your current Mustang to a newer model. While a vintage model can give you unlimited driving pleasure on the freeways of California, if you’re living in the Greater Toronto Area you’ll want to think strategically about the benefits of trading in your classic for a brand new 2019 Mustang that you’ll be able to drive year round. And if you shop for a new Mustang in the winter, you’ll also benefit from seasonal sales and the comparatively slower traffic in pony cars that comes during the off-season. When June comes around, everyone is going to want to buy a Mustang, but you’ll probably get a better price if you visit your local dealership on a weekday in February.