Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter, the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season.
The result of that could be very different approaches to be prepared for winter driving; however the essentials of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what can you do to make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers during that first rainstorm and realise they're worn out and basically useless! Constant exposure to the Australian conditions means your wipers will wear out. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Vehicle Tech can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
Fluids and other workings in your car can be effected by cold weather; this includes coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to have your car serviced regularly by an expert who understands the correct parts and products for your particular vehicle make and model. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.
Drive to the conditions
Always remember to drive to your conditions. 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?
Look for the signs that your brakes need inspecting, including vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If your car is doing any of these it's best to have a qualified professional check it out. 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 tyres, or tyres with incorrect inflation. Now is the time to check that your tyres have plenty of tread left. 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:
Driving on incorrectly inflated tyres won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your ability to brake effectively. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Vehicle Tech 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.