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 completely different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the basics of safe winter motoring remain the same. So how do you make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers at the first drop of rain and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! 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. Geoff Nichols Engines Mechanical & 4x4 can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
Fluids and other parts in your car can be impacted by cold weather; this includes coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to get your vehicle regularly serviced by a qualified mechanic who knows 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
Conditions change - and your driving style should too. 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?
There are some tell-tale signs that your brakes need some attention, 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 mechanic. 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 how worn your tyres are. 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:
As well as costing you more money on fuel, driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can also impact your stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Geoff Nichols Engines Mechanical & 4x4 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.
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