There isnt anything quite as frustrating as your car breaking down or not performing when you need it.
Except perhaps if it breaks down in the middle of a miserable winters day, when youre kilometres away from the safety of your home.
Dont get caught out in the cold.
Take these preventative measures to decrease the chance of breaking down at the worst possible time.
Check windscreen wipers
Replace your windscreen wiper blades in time for the wet winter months.
The harsh Australian sun can destroy rubber blades during the hotter months, so drop in and get some new ones for safer travelling.
Check tyre pressure and add air if needed then check tyre condition and tread.
Once the tread depth gets to 3mm its time to start thinking about a tyre replacement.
Its easy to drive on well-lit roads without even realising that your headlights are out, and with the darker days ahead in winter now is a good time to check that theyre in working order.
Just turn your lights on and check they are working. Check indicators and break lights while you are at it.
In preparation for winter, pop the hood and check your battery. If the car is a bit slow to start it might be time for a new one.
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Try to park undercover
When a storm is on the way, make sure your car is parked undercover if possible and away from trees.
Parking undercover, ideally in a lockable garage, is a good idea for many reasons.
It protects your car from hail, windblown debris and even theft.
Book a service
Get the mechanical parts of your car checked over before winter to decrease the chance of it breaking down and ensure it continues to run reliably.
Keep a first aid kit in the car (at all times, not just during the winter). Include emergency items such as:
- Towels (to wipe feet dry before touching the pedals)
- Spare clothes and shoes
- A blanket
- A torch
- Jumper leads
- Food and water
- Fire extinguisher
- Spare tyre