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.
Some might think this means very different ways to be prepared for winter driving; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay the same. So what ways can you make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers on the first rainy day and only then remember you should have replaced them! Your wipers are exposed to the full force of the Australian sun all year round and wear out. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Marks Mechanics can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other parts 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 who understands the best parts and products for your particular vehicle make and model. 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
Look for the signs that your brakes need to be inspected, 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 professional check it out.
It's dangerous to drive on bald or incorrectly inflated tyres. Now is the time to check how much tread your tyres have left. If you notice spots which are worn 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 tyres which are not inflated correctly will not only cost you extra fuel money; it can also impact your ability to brake effectively. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Marks Mechanics 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.