WINTER DRIVING TIPS
Winter is here, and so too, are the hazards on the road that come with the season. In New Zealand, you may be faced with numerous hazards on the road, that can be dangerous to your car, your tyres, yourself and other road uses around you.
Many people don’t realise the adjustments they need to make to their driving, or their wheels to ensure they can cope with the chilly weather and potentially icy roads.
Before you head out to work while it’s still dark, or go on your next ski road trip, make sure you check out the following winter driving tips from us:
MONITOR THE WEATHER BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD
The best way to prepare for road conditions in winter, is to know about it prior to getting on the road. Before you leave, and while you are driving, listen out to the radio and note any areas you will be approaching that may contain dangerous weather conditions. It will keep you alert, and prepared while you are enroute.
LEARN HOW TO HANDLE BLACK ICE
Black ice is common on icy New Zealand roads and if you aren’t used to encountering black ice, you may not know how to drive carefully when you encounter this tricky, thin sheet of ice that is dark in appearance and extremely difficult for drivers to see. Black ice can cause you to lose control on the road, so if you suddenly encounter black ice, here’s what you need to do:
- drive slowly, or take your foot off the accelerator
- avoid any lane changes unless necessary
- don’t brake suddenly
- Keep your eye out for shiny patches on the road, particularly in shady areas
USE CHAINS FOR SNOWY CONDITIONS
Heading to the snow? Chains are a must-have for your tyres. While having chains are helpful, it’s even better if you know how to fit them correctly. If it’s your first time, have a professional show you how to fit them firmly, but not too tight. Don’t forget to pack some gloves and a torch as if you need to fit them unexpectedly, it can get a bit tricky with freezing hands and next to no light!
KEEP YOUR TYRES MAINTAINED
While your tyres need to be maintained, no matter what the weather, it’s especially important to keep an eye on them over winter. Tyres that lack tread or are lacking the right air pressure can become a danger to you and may not perform as well as they should in hazardous conditions such as in wet, icy or snowy conditions. Make sure you repair or replace any damaged tyres before you head out on chilly or wet roads.
GET SET FOR WINTER WITH DRURY TYRES
Drury Tires have grown to become one of the biggest automotive tyre outlets in South Auckland. As a family business, we pride ourselves on having the experience and knowledge on tyres to get your car ready for winter with fantastic service at the lowest price. We are happy to provide you with high quality tyres and discuss ways in which you can stay safe on New Zealand roads this winter! Contact us today or chat to us online.