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.
That could mean there is totally different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay the same. So what ways can you make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers at the first spot of rain and only then remember you should have replaced them! Wiper blades don’t last forever, especially sitting under the harsh Australian sun all summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Southern District Auto Centre can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
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 important to get your vehicle regularly serviced by an expert who recognises the best 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. 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 warning signs that your brakes need investigation, like vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice 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 only cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.