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 totally different ways to prepare your car for the season; however the essentials of safe winter motoring don’t change. So what can 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 realise they're worn out and basically useless! 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. Currumbin Discount Mechanical 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; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Getting your car regularly serviced - especially by by an expert who knows the best 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
Conditions change - and your driving style should too. 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
Keep a look out for the warning signs that your brakes need to be looked at, 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 mechanic.
Driving on worn or incorrectly inflated tyres can be dangerous. Now is the time to check how much tread depth you have. 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 incorrectly inflated tyres won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your stopping ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Currumbin Discount 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.