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.
Some might think this means very different approaches to have your car ready for winter driving; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring remain unchanged. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is equipped for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Avoid the painful moment when you switch on the wipers at the first drop of rain and remember that at the end of last season you should have replaced them! Wiper blades age and become less effective - especially after a long hot summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Jiffy Car Care 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; this includes coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Getting your car regularly serviced - especially by by someone qualified to understand the best parts and products to keep your car in its best operating condition. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.
Drive to the conditions
Always remember to drive to your 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
Be aware of the warning signs that your brakes need inspecting, for example 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 Safety Check, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
Bald tyres = dangerous driving. 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:
As well as costing you more money on fuel, driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can also impact your ability to stop. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Jiffy Car Care 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.