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Need Snow Chains?
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and Icebreaker snowchains
Winter motoring Advertising Feature
... driving in fog
Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that
suits the conditions.
Keep your windows and mirrors clean.
Find out how to use your air conditioning,
defroster, ice scraper and wipers to maximize
Use your headlights on low beam.
High beams reflect off the moisture droplets in
the fog, making it harder to see.
Use road markings to help guide you.
Use the left edge of the road as a guide, rather
than the centre line.
Increase your following distance.
You will need extra distance to brake safely.
Look and listen for any hazards that may be
Reduce the distractions in your vehicle.
For example, turn off the music and the cell
phone...your full attention is required.
Avoid passing, changing lanes and crossing
If the fog is too dense to continue, pull
completely off the road & try to position your
vehicle in an area protected from traffic.
Turn on your hazard lights.
Don't stop on the travelled portion of the road.
You could become the first link in a chain-
Don't speed up suddenly, even if the fog seems
to be clearing.
You could find yourself suddenly back in fog.
Don't speed up to pass a vehicle moving slowly
or to get away from a vehicle that is following
Don t be lured into thinking you are prepared
for Winter: the balmy weather currently being
experienced is only a false sense of security
because ................... BEWARE! Winter is on its way.
And according to the 'Moon
Man', the chills and challenges
of this season will be here
sooner rather than later.
Being prepared for Winter means
having chains on hand for your
vehicle to deal with the road
If you have some in your
possession, it's time to not only
have them checked, but also time
to practice putting them on.
Ideally getting to know your
vehicles' chains before you are
faced with kneeling in the snow
amidst the pressure of getting
home or to pick up the children is
Take the time to practice putting
them on your vehicle's tyres at
home so you are confident about
fitting them correctly when the
Different makes and styles of chains
have their own method of fitting so
it is important to be familiar with
the task AND to follow the
For many -- it's time to purchase
some in readiness for the snowy
and icy days ahead.
Shotover Engineering on Glenda
Drive stock two types of chains and
will find something to fit also any
When shopping for chains, it pays
to consider the following:
Where are you driving?
What chains fit your vehicle?
How easy are the chains to fit?
At Shotover Engineering, they
provide an additional service where
each set of chains sold are fitted to
the vehicle to double check they are
the correct size and the customer is
shown how to correctly fit their
While the price of chains can seem
prohibitive to some people, the
peace of mind that they offer (not
to mention the cost of the
insurance excess or the panel-
beater's bill) fades in comparison.
Don't get caught -- prepare for the
upcoming season early.
Shotover Engineering is the longest
serving engineering workshop in
the Wakatipu Basin and stocks a
wide variety of spare snow chain
The workshop also carries out
repairs to snowchains.
Care of your chains:
Fasten any loose chain with clips
or rubber bungies. This prevents
damage and then if you hear chain
flapping loose, you know to stop
When stopping to check, adjust
or remove your chains, always be
considerate to other road users and
stop in a safe place.
When removing chains stop with
the fasteners at the top of your
wheel where they are easy to
access. Then drop the chain off and
away from the wheel and move the
vehicle off the chain. Don't forget to
pick your chains up.........
Driving on exposed tar seal
drastically reduces the life of your
chains. It can be unavoidable at
times but try not to drive for long
on cleared roads and reduce your
It is a good idea to hang your chains
up to dry after each use, check
them over for wear/tear or damage.
Put them back in your vehicle
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