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.
Some might think this means completely different ways to be prepared for winter driving; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So how do you make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers at the first drop of rain and realise they haven't been replaced in years! 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. Maranoa Mechanical can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
Fluids and other workings in your car can be impacted by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to have your car serviced regularly by a professional who knows the correct products and parts to keep your car in peak operating 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. 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?
There are some tell-tale 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 your car is doing 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 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 tyres that are incorrectly inflated won't only 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.