Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter, the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season.
Some might think this means very different approaches to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So what can you do to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Seeing your way 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! Being exposed to full force of the Australian sun all year round makes your wipers wear out. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Kinnane`s Car Clinic 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; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Having a regular service is essential - especially by a professional technician who understands the right parts and products 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 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 Vehicle Inspection Report.
Could you stop in time?
Look for the signs that your brakes need an inspection, such as 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 mechanic. 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 your tyres have left. If you spot uneven tyre wear, 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 which are not inflated correctly will not only cost you extra fuel money; it can also impact your ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Kinnane`s Car Clinic 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.