With the colder months coming up, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for driving on the wet, wintery and often hazardous roads. Many of you would agree that driving during the winter is far more challenging than it is for any other time of year. After all, dark, foggy mornings make it much harder for people to see where they’re going- and that’s when you don’t have rain pelting down on your windshield.
Below, we’ve outlined everything you need to know to get your vehicle well-prepared for use in the upcoming winter months:
Check Your Tyres
The wet, slippery roads are quite demanding on your tyres. If the tread length or air pressure on your tyres is low, it can compromise their ability to grip the road. Consequently, you may end up spinning out of control whenever you go to turn your vehicle. Aside from this, you could also find it very hard to come to a stop.
You should inspect your tyres regularly so that you can successfully avoid accidents when driving on wet roads. Turning your wheels to the side as far as they can go will allow you to inspect your tyres thoroughly. Keep in mind that the legal minimum tread length for tyres is 1.5mm. Your owner’s manual should state the recommended tyre pressure.
Check Your Headlights
In winter, the days are shorter, colder and darker. But life doesn’t stop- we still need to get up and go to work, despite how bad the weather may be. For those grey and foggy mornings, your headlights play an extremely vital role. These will light the road in front of you and allow you to see where you’re going. However, they’ll also alert other drivers on the road to your presence. In the winter, it’s essential to make sure that both of your headlights are in working condition. Keep in mind that driving with cloudy or blown headlights is an offence here in WA. So, before and during the winter season, make sure that you keep an eye on your headlights and conduct any replacements when necessary.
Replace Windscreen Wipers
When you’ve got a dark cloud threatening rain up above you, a good set of windshield wipers are going to be your saving grace. Without properly working windshield wipers, you’re pretty much a sitting duck if happens to start pouring down; and in winter, you can expect no shortage of rainy days. There’s nothing worse than being unable to see where you’re going. Moreover, driving with impaired vision not only puts you and your passenger’s safety at risk, but also other drivers on the road, as well as pedestrians. Thankfully, window wipers are cheap to replace, so if you’ve got old and inadequate wipers, give them an upgrade ASAP. Aside from this, also make sure that your window washer fluid is topped up. This will allow you to clean your windshield of any distracting water marks or frost that builds up.
Book Your Car in for a Service
Before the winter season starts, we’d highly recommend booking your vehicle in for a routine maintenance service. Keeping up with scheduled servicing will allow your mechanic to thoroughly assess your vehicle and identify any problems before they have the chance to cause you trouble whilst driving out on the road. The weather has a tendency to accentuate a number of existing issues- sometimes even cause them. So, it’s important to be on the ball if you want to keep your vehicle in good condition. Find a mechanic you can trust, commit to scheduled servicing, and you can save yourself both money and stress this winter season.
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