Safe Winter Driving
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.
You'd think that this would mean completely different ways to have your car ready for winter driving; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring don’t change. So what can you do to make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Don't you hate that moment when you switch on the wipers at the first spot of rain and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! Wiper blades don’t last forever, especially sitting under the harsh Australian sun all summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Approved Automotive Services can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other mechanisms in your car can be impacted 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 correct products and parts 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
Always remember to drive to your 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?
There are signs that your brakes need inspecting, including 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.
It's dangerous to drive on worn or incorrectly inflated tyres. Now is the time to check how worn your tyres are. 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 that are incorrectly inflated won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Approved Automotive Services 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.