Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While half of Australia is enjoying their dry season up north, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
Some might think this means totally different ways to prepare your car for the season; however the essentials of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers on the first rainy day and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! 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. Alex`s Auto Services Pty Ltd can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other workings in your car can be impacted by cold weather; this includes coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's essential to get your vehicle regularly serviced by an expert who understands the correct products and parts for your vehicle's needs. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.
Drive to the conditions
Remember to always drive to the 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?
There are signs that your brakes need testing, 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 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 check how much tread depth you have. If your tyres are wearing 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 tyres that are incorrectly inflated won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Alex`s Auto Services Pty Ltd 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.