Cen­tral Glass Ser­vice

Is your ve­hi­cle road wor­thy for the im­pend­ing win­ter months?

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Once those frosts come and the cold im­pacts on your ve­hi­cle, the chips on your ve­hi­cle’s wind­screen are likely to rapidly be­come a crack, which could be a disas­ter wait­ing to hap­pen. Not only could this be ex­tremely danger­ous for the driver and pas­sen­gers, but at this point, re­pairs also be­come more costly: not a good out­come for en­sur­ing ve­hi­cle safety and keep­ing your in­sur­ance com­pany happy. Do you have con­cerns about the stan­dard of your wind­screen? Call into Cen­tral Glass Ser­vice at 41 In­dus­trial Place, Queen­stown, where a free in­spec­tion of your ve­hi­cle is avail­able. There is still time to get in now and have the chips on your wind­screen re­paired and en­sure this part of your ve­hi­cle is ready for Win­ter mo­tor­ing. A phone call or a visit away, Munro and the team at Cen­tral Glass Ser­vice are able to re­pair or re­place your faulty wind­screen, en­sur­ing your ve­hi­cle is up to War­rant of Fit­ness stan­dard. Re­pairs are done on site at the spe­cialised work­shop hand­ily lo­cated and a short walk to the Queen­stown CBD. A ve­hi­cle can be dropped off be­fore work and picked up at the end of the day: work

When the roads are wet they can be­come very slip­pery so it’s im­per­a­tive you re­mem­ber that stop­ping dis­tances at this time al­most dou­ble. As long as you slow down and keep a gen­er­ous fol­low­ing dis­tance be­tween you and the car in front you shouldn’t have any prob­lems. Af­ter driv­ing through sur­face wa­ter, pump the brakes sev­eral times to dry them out. When­ever pos­si­ble, avoid driv­ing in heavy snow, but if you do keep it SLOW. Avoid break­ing sud­denly, in­stead give the break pedal a few soft taps rather than one hard push to avoid send­ing your ve­hi­cle into a skid. re­mem­ber to al­ways carry chains, and use them when­ever nec­es­sary. Climb­ing and de­scend­ing hills in snow re­quires metic­u­lous care - climb hills in the high­est pos­si­ble gear. By low­er­ing your engine’s revs you will min­imise the chances of trac­tion and spin­ning your wheels. How­ever, when de­scend­ing hills, do so very slowly by putting your ve­hi­cle into a low gear be­fore start­ing the de­scent. Watch for shaded ar­eas where ice and snow may re­main all day with­out thaw­ing out. If you are driv­ing in thick fog keep ei­ther your head­lights on low beam or use fog lights if you have them. Dur­ing the win­ter it gets darker a lot ear­lier, it is there­fore im­por­tant you turn your lights on as soon as it is nec­es­sary. Drive at a speed ap­pro­pri­ate to the con­di­tions and watch for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. En­sure you turn your head­lights down from full when fol­low­ing or ap­proach­ing other mo­torists on the road. Fi­nally in win­ter, low sun is more likely to oc­cur. Keep your wind­screen clean, in­side and out and have a pair of sun­glasses on hand if nec­es­sary. Driv­ing into the sun can be par­tic­u­larly danger­ous, slow down and keep an eye out for other driv­ers.

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