Drive Safe this Winter
Safe Winter Driving Tips
While half of Australia is enjoying their dry season up north, the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter.
The result of that could be totally different ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring stay the same. So how do you make sure your car is prepared for safe winter motoring?
Making it clear
Don't you hate that moment when you switch on the wipers at the first drop of rain and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! 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. Torrisi Automotive can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.
Fluids and other parts in your car can be effected by cold weather; including coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Having a regular service is essential - especially by a professional who recognises the best products and parts to keep your car in peak operating 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 you need to adjust, as well. 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 Safety Check.
Could you stop in time?
There are warning signs that your brakes need some work, like vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you notice any of these you should get it checked out by a qualified mechanic. Brake inspections form part of our 65 Point Safety Check, so if you have concerns call us today and book in.
It's dangerous to drive on bald or incorrectly inflated tyres. Now is the time to check that your tyres have plenty of tread left. 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 braking ability. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.
Torrisi Automotive 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.