Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While everyone in the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter, the top half of Australia is enjoying their dry season.
You'd think that this would mean very different approaches to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the basics of safe winter motoring remain the same. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Don't you hate that moment when you switch on the wipers at the first drop of rain and realise they're worn out and basically useless! Your wipers are exposed to the full force of the Australian sun all year round and wear out. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Adrians Auto Repairs can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
Fluids and other mechanisms in your car can be effected by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to get your vehicle regularly serviced by a professional who knows the correct parts and products to keep your car in peak operating condition. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.
Drive to the conditions
Conditions change - and your driving style should too. In wet weather or poor visibility, slow down and leave a larger than normal stopping distance between yourself and the vehicle in front.
Drive on the safe side and book in today for a service or a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report.
Could you stop in time?
There are warning signs that your brakes need to be inspected, including vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice any of these you should get it checked out by a qualified expert. Brake inspections form part of our 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
It's dangerous to drive on worn or incorrectly inflated tyres. Now is the time to take a good look at your tyres. If you notice spots which are worn unevenly, this could indicate that your shock absorbers or some other vital part of your steering and suspension systems are due for service or replacement. Find out more about the components that affect your tyre wear on the links below:
As well as costing you more money on fuel, driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can also impact your braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Adrians Auto Repairs has a state of the art Safe T Stop machine that can accurately test for shocker and brake wear and tear and provide you with a detailed report on the state of your vehicles ability to stop in an emergency. Call us today to book in for a Safe T Stop test.