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 have your car ready for winter driving; however the essentials of safe winter motoring don’t change. So how can you make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers during that first rainstorm and realise they haven't been replaced in years! 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. Wheeler Automotives can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other components in your car can be impacted by cold weather; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Regular services are important - especially by someone qualified to understand the best parts and products to keep your car in its best operating condition. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.
Drive to the conditions
It's essential to drive to the road conditions Slow down in wet weather or poor visibility 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 signs that your brakes need to be inspected, including 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 mechanic check it out. Brake inspections form part of our 65 Point Safety Check, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
Bald tyres = dangerous driving. Now is the time to take a good look at your tyres. 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 braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Wheeler Automotives 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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