Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
This could mean there are very different approaches to get your vehicle ready for winter; however the essentials of safe winter motoring don’t change. So how can you make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers during that first rainstorm 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. Wells Automotive 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; this includes coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Getting your car regularly serviced - especially by by a professional who understands 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 your driving style should too. 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 testing, 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.
Driving on worn or incorrectly inflated tyres can be dangerous. 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 incorrectly inflated tyres won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your ability to brake effectively. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Wells 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.