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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Jules’ Gems Regular motoring tips from RACT patrolman Julian McGarry When I arrived in my Roadside vehicle, the driver told me that he’d noticed a slight noise, which gradually became worse over the next five to six kilometres. He had the bonnet up and was complaining of a banging noise coming from the radiator. After an under-bonnet check I walked around the vehicle to find that the cause of the noise was a totally disintegrated tyre and severely damaged rim that had been running on the road for quite some time. If the puncture had been rectified earlier the costly replacement of the tyre and r im would have been prevented. The driver was lucky that it was a rear tyre and that the road conditions were fair, other wise the consequences of continuing to drive could have been potentially catastrophic, probably leading to loss of control of the vehicle. As well, the shredded remains of the tyre must have been strewn over the road, possibly causing other drivers taking avoiding action to prevent an accident or damage to their own vehicles. So be alert – it’s important to take note regularly of how your vehicle is performing and if you hear a noise that isn’t normal, stop in a safe area, take a look and if you need to, call RACT Roadside for assistance. Drivers should also undertake regular checks of dashboard instruments and warning lights while driving. In the driveway, do a weekly ‘walk-around’ to check tyre inflation and tread condition as well as checking under the bonnet for f luid levels. Newer vehicles are manufactured to high standards and very fine tolerances and are normally very reliable. However, if or when a fault does occur, it can quickly escalate into a costly repair or a serious accident if left unattended. What’s that noise? On the roadside I frequently see the disastrous result of an unusual noise that remains uninvestigated and then escalates into a serious problem. A driver may not hear the noise due to the distractions of loud music or chattering children – but it’s hard to work out how the driver who recently called RACT for help missed reacting more quickly to this problem! *Conditions apply Keeping you in the home you love Stannah Stairlift free home assessment Inside for straight or turning stairways... .. .or outside for straight stairways www.prking.com.au BLD LIC No 22942 Call Michael on 9748 3488 for your free brochure 19205_PR King Journey Mag Ad_2.indd 1 16/02/11 10:26 AM Life on the move 26 February / March 2012
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