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.
That could mean there is totally different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the essentials of safe winter motoring stay the same. So what ways can you make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Let's keep it clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers on the first rainy day and remember that at the end of last season you should have replaced them! 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. Matlin Auto Repairs can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other components in your car can be effected by cold weather; especially coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Getting your car regularly serviced - especially by by an expert who understands the best parts and products to maintain your vehicle 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 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?
Be aware of the signals 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 your car is doing 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.
Driving on worn tyres is dangerous. Now is the time to check how worn your tyres are. 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 tyres that are incorrectly inflated won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Matlin 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.