Don't get stuck in the cold this winter
DURING winter we need to spend time looking after ourselves to avoid illness. Our precious vehicles sitting outside need the same type of treatment.
Avoid getting caught in the cold while driving and get your car properly equipped to deal with the chilly weather.
Southern Downs Automotive general manager Mick Dwan said getting ready early in the morning was the key to avoid setbacks.
"Get into your car five minutes earlier than usual to run the engine for a bit, this will warm up the vehicle and get everything working promptly,” Mr Dwan said.
It can be a struggle to wake up in the morning and your car battery will feel the pressure too.
"Batteries are more prone to failure because the cold weather places a higher strain on the battery,” Mr Dwan said.
If the morning frost is hitting your windows and you can't have the car parked undercover, Mr Dwan said to put it where the morning light came from, so frost evaporates quicker.
"If you have to leave your vehicle out, make sure you keep the wipers up so they don't freeze to the window and cause damage to the screens when in use,” Mr Dwan said.
He said to avoid pouring water over your car as it could increase the chance of chips and cracks occurring.
"Try and keep a cover on your windscreen over night, an old towel on the screen should do the trick,” he said.
We may not be driving through snow, but it is important to keep track of your tyre pressure Mr Dwan said.
"Tyre pressure can fluctuate based on the air temperature, ensure your tyres are in a serviceable condition,” he said.
Driving around with low tyre pressure is dangerous and can cause road accidents.
As the darkness settles in earlier during this time of year Mr Dwan said as a general rule to take the extra time to check your visibility and surroundings while driving.