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.
The result of that could be very different approaches to be prepared for winter driving; however the basics of safe winter motoring don’t change. So how can you make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers at the first drop of rain and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! Wiper blades don’t last forever, especially sitting under the harsh Australian sun all summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Topline Automotive Services can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other mechanisms in your car can be effected by cold weather; especially coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Regular services are important - especially 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 Vehicle Inspection Report.
Could you stop in time?
Be aware of the signals that your brakes need to be looked at, 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 it's best to have a qualified mechanic 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 or incorrectly inflated tyres can be dangerous. Now is the time to check how worn your tyres are. 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 that are incorrectly inflated won't only 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.
Topline Automotive Services 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.