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 very different approaches to be prepared for winter driving; however the essentials of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what can you do to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers at the first spot of rain and realise they haven't been replaced in years! Wiper blades age and become less effective - especially after a long hot summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Hidden Valley Auto Centre can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
Fluids and other mechanisms in your car can be effected by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Regular services are important - especially by an expert who understands 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. 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?
Look for the signs that your brakes need some attention, such as 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 it's best to have a qualified mechanic check it out. Brake inspections form part of our 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
Bald tyres = dangerous driving. Now is the time to check how much tread depth you have. If you notice spots which are worn 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 ability to brake effectively. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Hidden Valley Auto Centre 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.