Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While everyone in the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter, the top half of Australia is enjoying their dry season.
This could mean there are totally different ways to get your vehicle ready for winter; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay unchanged. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers at the first spot of rain and realise they haven't been replaced in years! 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. Robinson Auto Repairs can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep It Fluid
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. It's important to have your car serviced regularly by a qualified mechanic who understands the right parts and products to keep your car in peak operating condition. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.
Drive to the conditions
Remember to always drive to the 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?
Keep a look out for the warning signs that your brakes need inspecting, like vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice 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.
It's dangerous to drive on bald tyres, or tyres with incorrect inflation. Now is the time to check how much tread depth you have. 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 incorrectly inflated tyres won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Robinson 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.
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