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.
This could mean there are very different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the essentials of safe winter motoring remain the same. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is prepared for safe winter motoring?
Seeing your way clear
Don't you hate that moment when you switch on the wipers at the first spot of rain 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. Drysdale Motors 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 impacted by cold weather; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Having a regular service is essential - especially by a qualified mechanic who knows the correct 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
Always remember to drive to your 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
There are some tell-tale signs that your brakes need investigation, 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.
It's dangerous to drive on bald tyres, or tyres with incorrect inflation. Now is the time to take a good look at your tyres. 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 braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Drysdale Motors 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.