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 very different ways to get your vehicle ready for winter; however the basics of safe winter motoring don’t change. So how 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 at the first spot of rain and only then remember you should have replaced them! 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. Charnock Motors can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other components in your car can be effected by cold weather; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to get your vehicle regularly serviced by an expert who understands the right parts and products to maintain your vehicle 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 In wet weather or poor visibility, 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 inspected, such as vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice any of these it's best to have a qualified professional check it out. Brake inspections form part of our 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
Driving on worn tyres is dangerous. Now is the time to check how much tread your tyres have 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:
As well as costing you more money on fuel, driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can also impact your ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.