Central Glass Service
Is your vehicle road worthy for the impending winter months?
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.