Drive Safe this Winter
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 very different ways to get your vehicle ready for winter; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring don’t change. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is prepared for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Don't you hate that moment when you switch on the wipers at the first drop of rain and realise they're worn out and basically useless! Constant exposure to the Australian conditions means your wipers will wear out. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Memmott`s Automotive can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other workings in your car can be impacted by cold weather; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Regular services are important - especially by someone qualified to understand the right 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
Conditions change - and you need to adjust, as well. 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?
Be aware of the warning signs that your brakes need an inspection, for example vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice any of these you should get it checked out by a qualified mechanic. 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 bald or incorrectly inflated tyres. Now is the time to check that your tyres have plenty of tread left. 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 ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Memmott`s Automotive 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.