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 totally different ways to prepare your car for the season; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring stay the same. So what do you do to make sure your car is ready for safe winter motoring?
Seeing your way clear
We've all experienced that moment where you turn on the wipers at the first drop of rain and only then remember you should have replaced them! Wiper blades don’t last forever, especially sitting under the harsh Australian sun all summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Macgregor Auto Service can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other mechanisms in your car can be effected by cold weather; especially coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Regular services are important - especially by a professional who knows the right products and parts 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. 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?
There are some tell-tale signs that your brakes need some attention, including 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 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.
. Now is the time to take a good look at 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:
Driving on incorrectly inflated tyres 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.
Macgregor Auto Service 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.