Stay Safe on the Roads: Essential Cold-Weather Driving Tips for Kiwis

Essential Cold Weather Driving Tips for Kiwi

With an arctic blast sweeping across New Zealand, it’s time to break out the electric blankets and hot water bottles. But while staying warm is a priority, ensuring your safety on the roads is just as important. Here are some essential cold-weather driving tips from your local tyre shop.

Ensure Clear Vision

Windscreen Care: Repair any chips or cracks immediately and check your wiper blades.

Defrosters: Ensure your heater and rear window defroster are working. If your car lacks a de-mist function, start the fan on cold and gradually increase the temperature.

De-icing: Use room temperature water to de-ice your windscreen, never hot water to avoid cracks. A plastic scraper also works well.

Maintain Safe Distance

Spacing: Double the usual two-second rule to four seconds in winter conditions.

Motorway Tips: Stick to the left-hand lanes and keep a larger gap between vehicles.

Check Your Tyres

Tread Depth: Replace tyres if tread is below 3mm. Use a 20-cent coin to measure; if the base of the number 20 is visible, it’s time for new tyres.

Tyre Pressure: Cold weather reduces air pressure. Check and inflate tyres to the optimal pressure listed in your vehicle’s manual for better traction.

Monitor Fluids, Belts, and Hoses

Oil: Check oil levels regularly and top up with manufacturer-recommended oil. Replace thick and sludgy oil.

Antifreeze: Maintain a water to antifreeze ratio between 30% and 50% in your radiator. Ensure windshield washer fluid contains antifreeze.

Belts and Battery: Inspect belts for wear and tightness. Check battery connectors for corrosion and ensure adequate electrolyte levels.

Conclusion

Prepare your car for winter driving with these essential tips. Clear vision, safe distances, good tyres, and proper fluid levels are key to safety. Visit your local tyre shop for expert advice and tyre services to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready.

Stay safe and drive carefully!

Article by stuff.co.nz

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