Stay Safe this Winter
A few easy steps to safer travel this wet season.
The long days have left us and daylight savings are over. With the days getting shorter and more and more of us driving home in the dark, the likelihood of being in a bingle (even a minor one) increases significantly. We’ve put together a few tips to help keep you and your car as safe as possible as we approach the rainy season. Check them out and stay safe…
So many cars built in the last 10 to 15 years include a wonderful little feature which allows the driver to simply set the lights to the ‘automatic’ option. As you may already be aware this allows simple peace of mind as you drive through changing light by automatically turning your headlights on. This, of course, means you won’t have to worry about seeing clearly, or being seen as the day draws to a close.
Dim your dash
Another handy feature that nearly all vehicles on the road have these days has the ability to dim your dashboard lights via a small dimmer switch. This is most commonly, though not always, positioned near the headlight control switch (pictured below). Play around with it to find what suits you best. Quite often it’ll be set to the brightest setting which is excellent to keep you awake as it’s so bright, but can cause distraction and sometimes glare against the windscreen.
Due to recent changes in laws regarding lane filtering of motorcycle laws (check out the new laws here) you may see motorcyclists creeping up or ‘filtering’ passed you at traffic lights. Now, more than ever, it will be necessary to be aware of motorcyclist and bicyclists as you go through traffic lights, especially while turning.
Clean your windows
Clean, fog free windows allow safe travel in low light, changing light, and under artificial light. Greasy, foggy windows do not. If you’re not sure if your windscreen fogs up easily you’ll soon find out. While it is never particularly safe to drive with a foggy windscreen it becomes especially dangerous when facing an oncoming car, not only because another moving object of similar size and speed is approaching, but also because of the extra glare created by their headlights.
Although this is not a definitive guide by any means, these few tips should go a long way to helping you avoid any unfortunate accidents especially as we approach the Easter break.
Stay safe out there
As usual, if you need some help with some minor (or major, we do it all) dent or scratch removal, just give us a call, or come and drop by. All quotes are FREE and we’d love to see how we can help. So why wait, show your car some love, take it for a spin and drop in for a visit.
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