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Braking News

service-engineWe rely so much on our cars to get us from A to Z and all the places in between.  However if we’re not looking after our car by having it serviced regularly we are putting ourselves and our vehicles at risk.

Brakes+ Mechanical Services offers a range of servicing options.

Our Log Book service is available for most car makes and models, and will maintain your new car manufacturer’s warranty.

wet weather drivingDriving in the wet and rain can be tricky at the best of times. However when you have kids in the car and your heading away for the school holidays then you really need to concentrate to ensure the safety of your family.

Here's some of our top tips for driving in the rain, including tyre safety, reducing the risk of aquaplaning, windscreen wipers and using lights in the rain.


car warning lightsUnderstanding your car's warning lights could save you time, money and inconvenience as well as improve your safety.

Find out more in part 1 of Understanding Your Car's Warning Lights about:

♦   oil pressure light

♦   alternator light

♦   check engine light

♦   brake trouble indicator light

Part 2 in this series will be here soon.

Remember, if you are concerned about any dashboard indicators or any safety aspect of your car it pays to ask the experts. Brakes+ Mechanical Services teams are only a call away.

check your tyre pressureWhen did you last check your tyre pressure? Under or over inflated tyres can lead to uneven and faster tyre wear, greater fuel consumption and reduced stopping ability.

To find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle, check the tyre pressure placard which is usually located on the driver’s door rim, glove box or under the bonnet.

Remember, the load your vehicle carries (including on whether you regularly tow) and the type of driving you do can also determine the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle. Not sure what the right tyre pressure is? Talk to your nearest Brakes+ Mechanical Service expert.

When inflating your tyres, it is best to do so while the tyres are cold – do not over inflate as the pressure builds as the tyre heats up during the course of driving.

safe driving fatigue warning signsStay safe this holiday season as you travel to visit friends and family, for your vacation and for work.

During the Christmas, New Year and holiday season most of us find ourselves driving more and often for longer distances than normal.

With all the extra fesitvities, we may even enjoy less sleep and greater levels of stress. This combination can lead to fatigue when driving, poor concentration and dangerous situations.

When travelling for longer distances, and when you are very tired, you should plan to stop for at least a 15 minute rest every 2 hours and where possible change drivers regularly.


If you experience the following signs of fatigue you should have a break:

1.    Yawning
2.    Constantly rubbing eyes or blinking more than normal
3.    Lacking concentration
4.    Sweaty hands
5.    Tired eyes / unable to keep eyes open
6.    Sleepiness
7.    Trouble focusing
8.    Thoughts wandering / zoning out
9.    Forgetting driving the last few kms
10.    Over-steering / drifting in the lane
11.    Slower reaction time
12.    Missing a gear, exit, sign
13.    Braking late or slowing unintentionally