Remunerator News

Jul 2 2014

Winter Tips for your Novated Lease Car

With its abrupt arrival announcement, winter is finally here. With snow on the slopes and school holidays here, everyone has dug out their sweaters and jackets and dusting off their heaters in preparation of the cold, but how do you prepare your Novated Lease for winter?

The last thing you would need is your car to break down in cold and wet conditions. The best way to prevent this from happening is to invest an hour or two to make sure your car is ready. Here are some of our top tips to take care of your Novated Lease for the cold conditions:

  • If you’re due for a check-up, have it done before winter sets in. The cold magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  • Check your front and rear lights. You will use them more in wet weather to see the road and improve the visibility of your car to others.
  • Check your car’s tyres for wear and tear. If the pressure is too low or tyres are worn below the legal 1.5mm limit, they will have less grip on the road and may increase your stopping distance.
  • Replace your windscreen wiper blades. Over summer, damage from the heat and sun can make them less effective at removing water, potentially reducing visibility. You’re also driving through that winter sludge that’s left on the road after a snowfall or heavy rain. This sludge includes a lot of sand and salt, both of which end up on your windshield. It takes wipers that are in top shape to keep your windshield clean and safe.
  • A car battery lasts around 3½ years on average and the colder weather can place a great deal of strain on it. Ensure terminals are clean and remember to switch off lights when you finish driving.
  • If the worst happens, it always helps to have a safety net. Sign up for roadside assistance. Nothing’s worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a cold, stormy night. If your insurance doesn’t include roadside assistance, consider a policy that does offer this service. You’ll be thankful.
  • Get your brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item. Worn brakes, like tyres, can extend your stopping distance and increase the risk of a collision on a wet road.