Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While half of Australia is enjoying their dry season up north, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
That could mean there is very different ways to get your car ready for winter; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay the same. So what do you do to make sure your car is prepared 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 suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! 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. Port Macquarie Tuning & Mechanical 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; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's essential to get your vehicle regularly serviced by a qualified mechanic 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 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 some work, 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 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.
Bald tyres = dangerous driving. 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:
As well as costing you more money on fuel, driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can also impact your ability to brake effectively. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Port Macquarie Tuning & Mechanical 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.