It’s important to do these easy 4 checks before driving in the cold weather. We’re lucky that in Western Australian it is rarely below 10 degrees, but it’s just as crucial to check your tyres, battery lights and water for the wet roads.
Check your tyres
When it comes to your tyres you have to think about 2 things, air pressure and tyre tread. The next time you visit the service station go to the water and air section and this is where you can do both at the same time. If you aren’t sure what the pressure should be you can look at the owners manual or there might be a sticker on the drivers side door. It’s important to check the main tread grooves in your tyres and it should be no less than 1.6mm deep.
Check your brake pads
Brake pads can last from 15,000 to 70,000kms but it completely depends on the driving conditions, car type and tyres, so if it’s been a while since your last set of brake pads, it’s best to get your car serviced.
Measure your battery
You can’t measure your car battery without buying a voltmeter. If you don’t have a voltmeter, you can look at the service book history and see when the last battery was installed. Some batteries can last well over 5 years with proper care, but depending on usage, some can fail after 3 years.
Test your lights
Make sure that your day lights, night lights, high beams and brake lights are all working. If a light’s not working it’s simple and relatively inexpensive to replace
Check water levels
Checking your cars water level should be a habit you keep all year round. It’s important to keep the water level above the plates. You can either use water or coolant.