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 very different ways to get your vehicle ready for winter; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So what can you do to make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Don't you hate that moment when you switch on the wipers on the first rainy day and remember that at the end of last season you should have replaced them! Wiper blades wear out over time, especially in the harsh Australian conditions. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Brendale Automotive can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
Fluids and other parts in your car can be impacted by cold weather; especially coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Getting your car regularly serviced - especially by by a qualified mechanic who understands the best products and parts for your particular vehicle make and model. 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. 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 investigation, 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 expert. 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 worn or incorrectly inflated tyres. Now is the time to inspect your tyres. 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:
As well as costing you more money on fuel, driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can also impact your stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Brendale 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.