Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter, the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season.
This could mean there are very different approaches to be prepared for winter driving; however the basics of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers at the first drop of rain and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! Your wipers are constantly exposed to the hot Australian sun all year round and wear out. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Hobarts Garage can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other workings in your car can be impacted by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Getting your car regularly serviced - especially by 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?
Look for the signs that your brakes need to be inspected, like 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 it's best to have a qualified professional 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 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:
Driving on tyres that are incorrectly inflated won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your stopping ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Hobarts Garage 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.