Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
That could mean there is completely different ways to have your car ready for winter driving; however the basics of safe winter motoring don’t change. So how do you make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers on the first rainy day and realise they're worn out and basically useless! 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. Busselton Auto-Tech 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; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to have your car serviced regularly by a professional technician who understands the best 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
Always remember to drive to your conditions. If visibility is poor or the weather is wet - 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 to be checked, for example 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 it's best to have a qualified professional 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.
Driving on worn or incorrectly inflated tyres can be dangerous. Now is the time to check that your tyres have plenty of tread left. 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 braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Busselton Auto-Tech 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.