July 02, 2019
Road safety authorities will warn drivers that any day is a day to drive properly. And that’s a fair call; summer has its own issues such as the potential for a car’s radiator to overheat, but what about the other side of the coin, winter?
Mid-year brings extremes of weather to Australia, especially to the southern half of the mainland and to Tasmania. What this means is that rain gets onto roads that may not have been washed clean of oil, fluids, rubber from millions of tyres, and grip becomes marginalised.
Some areas are prone to fog so vision and distance judgment are impaired. Cities such as Hobart get to below freezing, and varying climatic situations have seen Melbourne go through record breaking low temperatures.
This year especially has seen records being broken, and not in a good way. Certain parts of the Northern Territory have seen their coldest and wettest morning in nearly two decades, and Melbourne residents experiencing their coldest June day since 1985.
Former Top Gear and current The Grand Tour co-host Jeremy Clarkson is well known for his appreciation of engineering in a car, going so far as to say a car has soul. And to that end, it’s an inference that a car is a living being, and that’s true as it springs to life at the turn of a key, rumbles underneath the driver and speaks to us via its on-road antics. So how do we help our living machine during winter?
First and foremost will be the tyres. These underrated pieces of a car are the only points of contact with the road, and they need to be able to pump water from wet roads, use that drainage to hang on to the tarmac. Tyre pressures also need to be en pointe here.
Windscreen wipers need to be as flexible as possible and this means they’ll be better able to scrape water from the windscreen, allowing better forward vision. This also means that the dirt and debris flung upward by the cars ahead should be better removed if the wipers are in tip-top condition. This is where Trico’s extensive range of blades can assist.
Oil is also a potential game-changer, depending on the location. Some oils are specifically formulated for winter conditions and if a vehicle is used in areas like the Australian Alps or in the deep valleys of Tassie, a winter oil is essential.
As always, a clean inside of a car is a good idea in that the glass needs to be cleaned. Smokers especially know all too well that glass gets fogged up, smeared, and sunlight then gets spread dangerously. A clean interior in respect to glass will go a long way in making seeing where you’re going in a winter storm just that much more safer.
Do you live in an area that really gets winter chills? What do you do to make sure your driving is safe? Let us know via our comments section or drop us a note on our Facebook page.