Drive Safe this Winter


Drive Safe this Winter with a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report

Our 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report is free with every service at Cooktown Auto Repairs in Cooktown. Our qualified mechanics will visually check over the important components of your vehicle and provide you with a written report on the condition of your vehicle. We can then help you understand any concerns which may need to be attended so that you can drive safe this winter with Cooktown Auto Repairs and Repco Authorised Service.

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Safe Winter Driving Tips

While the southern half of the country is bracing for a wet winter, the northern half of Australia is enjoying their dry season.

The result of that could be very different approaches to prepare your car for the season; however the fundamentals of safe winter motoring remain the same. So what steps can you take to make sure your car is set for safe winter motoring?


Making it clear

Who hasn’t had that moment when you turn on the wipers on the first rainy day and suddenly remember you haven't checked them in months! Wiper blades age and become less effective - especially after a long hot summer. A good quality wiper blade like Trico is essential to help you see your way clear regardless of the weather. Cooktown Auto Repairs can recommend a wiper blade or assembly that is right for your car.


Stay Fluid

Fluids and other mechanisms in your car can be impacted by cold weather; such as coolants, oils and items such as glow plugs in diesel vehicles. Having a regular service is essential - especially by someone qualified to understand the correct products and parts to keep your car in its best operating condition. We use high quality NGK glow plugs and Penrite oils and fluids that are designed for Australian conditions.

Drive to the conditions

Remember to always drive to the conditions. If visibility is poor or the weather is wet - slow down and leave a larger than normal stopping distance between yourself and the vehicle in front.
Drive on the safe side and book in today for a service or a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report.


Could you stop in time?

Be aware of the signals that your brakes need to be checked, including vibrating, spongy or slow responding brake pedal, strange sounds or difficult handling when applying pressure to your brakes. If you are experiencing any of these you should get it checked out by a qualified mechanic.

Bald tyres = dangerous driving. Now is the time to inspect your tyres. If your tyres are wearing unevenly, this could indicate that your shock absorbers or some other vital part of your steering and suspension systems are due for service or replacement. Find out more about the components that affect your tyre wear on the links below:


Driving on incorrectly inflated tyres won't just cost you money on additional fuel; it can also impact your stopping distance. You can usually find manufacturers recommendations on a panel inside the driver side door.


Cooktown Auto Repairs has a state of the art Safe T Stop machine that can accurately test for shocker and brake wear and tear and provide you with a detailed report on the state of your vehicles ability to stop in an emergency. Call us today to book in for a Safe T Stop test.

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