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.
You'd think that this would mean completely different ways to get your car ready for winter; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring remain the same. So what do you do to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers at the first drop of rain and remember that at the end of last season you should have replaced them! 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. Outback Mechanical 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. It's important to get your vehicle regularly serviced by a professional technician who understands the right products and parts to keep your car in top 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 Vehicle Inspection report.
Could you stop in time?
Be aware of the symptoms that your brakes need testing, for example vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice any of these it's best to have a qualified mechanic check it out.
It's dangerous to drive on worn tyres, or tyres with incorrect inflation. 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 incorrectly inflated tyres won't just 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.