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 car ready for winter; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Seeing your way clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers at the first spot of rain and realise they haven't been replaced in years! 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. Dave Hopkins Auto Repairs 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 impacted by cold weather; this includes coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Having a regular service is essential - especially by an expert who knows the correct 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. 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?
Keep a look out for the warning signs that your brakes need testing, 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 you should get it checked out by a specialist. 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 check how much tread depth you have. 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 stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Dave Hopkins Auto Repairs 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.