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.
That could mean there is very different approaches to get your car ready for winter; however the essentials of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what ways can you make sure your car is ready 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 realise they're worn out and basically useless! 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. Lambton Automotive can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Keep Your Fluids Up
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 important to get your vehicle regularly serviced by a qualified mechanic who knows the right 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
Conditions change - and your driving style should too. 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?
There are signs that your brakes need an inspection, for example 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 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.