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.
This could mean there are very different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring don’t change. So how can you make sure your car is prepared for safe winter motoring?
Seeing your way clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers during that first rainstorm 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. Auto Care - Minto 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 impacted by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to have your car serviced regularly by a professional technician who knows the best 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 you need to adjust, as well. 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
There are warning signs that your brakes need some attention, like vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you are experiencing any of these it's best to have a qualified professional check it out. Driving on worn tyres is dangerous
Now is the time to check how much tread depth you have. If you spot uneven tyre wear, 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.
Auto Care - Minto 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.