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.
The result of that could be totally different ways to get your car ready for winter; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring stay the same. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers at the first spot of rain and realise they're worn out and basically useless! Wiper blades wear out over time, especially in the harsh Australian conditions. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Active Motor Repairs PTY LTD can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other mechanisms 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 a qualified mechanic who knows the best parts and products to keep your car in top 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 you need to adjust, as well. If visibility is poor or the weather is wet - 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?
Be aware of the signals that your brakes need inspecting, for example 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 bald tyres, or tyres with incorrect inflation. 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 only cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Active Motor Repairs 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.