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.
The result of that could be completely different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So what can you do to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers at the first spot 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. Graeme East Motors 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 effected by cold weather; especially coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Having a regular service is essential - especially by a professional technician who knows the best 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
Always remember to drive to your conditions. 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?
Keep a look out for the warning signs that your brakes need testing, 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 specialist.
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 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 tyres which are not inflated correctly will not only cost you extra fuel money; it can also impact your braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Graeme East Motors 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.