Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While half of Australia is enjoying their dry season up north, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
This could mean there are very different ways to have your car ready for winter driving; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So what ways can you make sure your car is prepared for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers during that first rainstorm and remember that at the end of last season you should have replaced them! 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. Car Service Lakeside can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other workings 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 recognises 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?
Be aware of the signals 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 you should get it checked out by a qualified expert. Brake inspections form part of our 65 Point Safety Check, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
Driving on worn tyres is dangerous. 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:
Driving on incorrectly inflated tyres won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Car Service Lakeside 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.