Autumn has arrived and with it has come some pretty severe weather – heavy rain, flooding and even a cyclone. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your car in autumn and winter.
Before you hit the road
Check wiper blades: Keep yourself safe during storms – change your wiper blades at least once or twice a year to ensure they always work properly. Don’t neglect this easy yet important task.
Check your tyres: Check the amount of tread and how the tyres are wearing. Also keep an eye on your tyre pressure – having the right tyre pressure improves your safety on the roads.
Check your lights: Make sure you’re visible on grey and overcast days. And remember that at night, low-beams are better, as high beams reflect back on the raindrops and reduce your field of vision.
Plan your trip. Leave a little earlier if you need to be somewhere at a certain time and the weather is looking pretty shabby, best to give yourself plenty of time to avoid rushing.
On the road again
Slow down: Yes, yes, we’re all in a hurry. But when the road is wet it will take longer to stop when you brake and you’re going to be a helluva lot later if you wind up rear ending someone.
De-mist: Cold air outside + body warmth inside = foggy windows and reduced visibility. Use your air conditioning as a de-mister on both the front and back windows.
Don’t skid: Minimise the amount of water between your tires and the road by driving in the tracks left behind by the car in front. Just remember to keep a safe distance.
If it’s flooded, forget it: Did you know more than half of flood related deaths in Queensland are the result of people driving through floodwater? Never drive through flood water
In the garage
Prepare cover: Obviously parking undercover is the best solution, but if you can’t try and avoid parking your car under trees during storms. Maybe also invest in a car cover to minimise hail damage.
Check your insurance: Remember that third party, and third party, fire and theft, insurance do not cover vehicles damaged due to hail, flooding and other storm related activities, like fallen trees.
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