Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
The result of that could be completely different ways to be prepared for winter driving; however the basics of safe winter motoring stay the same. So how can you make sure your car is prepared for safe winter motoring?
Seeing your way clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers during that first rainstorm and only then remember you should have replaced them! Your wipers are exposed to the full force of the 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. Miners Mate Mechanical can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other components in your car can be impacted by cold weather; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. It's essential to get your vehicle regularly serviced by a professional technician who understands the best parts and products for your vehicle's needs. 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. Slow down in wet weather or poor visibility 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?
There are some tell-tale signs that your brakes need to be inspected, 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 qualified expert. 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 tyres, or tyres with incorrect inflation. Now is the time to inspect your tyres. 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 stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Miners Mate Mechanical 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.