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.
You'd think that this would mean very different approaches to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the basics of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what can you do to make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep 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! 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. L M Motors can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
Fluids and other parts in your car can be effected by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's important to have your car serviced regularly 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
It's essential to drive to the road 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
Be aware of the symptoms that your brakes need to be checked, 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 you should get it checked out by a qualified expert.
Driving on worn or incorrectly inflated tyres can be dangerous. Now is the time to check that your tyres have plenty of tread left. If you spot uneven tyre wear, 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 ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
L M 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.