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Selwyn Times: April 25, 2018

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22 Wednesday April 25 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi motoring Winter driving - slow down Driving a safe, well maintained car is always in everyone’s best interest. With so much talk about the road death toll lately, doing everything you can to avoid becoming one of those statistics just seems to be common sense, even more so as driving conditions are set to deteriorate. There are a number of things you should do to prepare your car for driving during the colder months and inevitable rain, ice, and snow. Tyres are always important, and should have adequate tread. The minimum legal tread-depth is 1.5mm, but the deeper the tread the better the grip and the safer driving will be. Most tyres now have treaddepth indicators moulded into the tread, which makes it easy to recognise when tread is at the minimum. Make sure the tyre pressure is correct. Check your car’s manual, or consult an expert. Don’t forget about the spare. If your battery is not up to scratch, you won’t be going anywhere. Make sure the terminals and cables are free of corrosion. Battery checks are fairly simple at most service providers. It can be beneficial to carry jumper cables, but be aware that you may not be able to use them on many newer cars. Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs Windscreen wipers are important when it’s raining or snowing. They should clear the screen, not just smear water around, in which case the blades should be replaced. SELWYN TIMES There are a number of things you should do to prepare your car for driving during the colder months and inevitable rain, ice, and snow. Check the washer fluid level, and carry a bottle of water in the boot. Headlights, indicators and brake lights should be checked and cleaned regularly. Driving in the longer dark hours and in stormy weather makes them even more important. Check the bulbs are working, replace broken ones, and clean all the light covers. There are many different anti-freeze options, and it pays to make sure the fluid mixture in the radiator is correct and the level is topped up. If your car has not had one in a while, a full service is advisable. A WOF checks a car’s roadworthiness, but it may not reveal the wear on many parts that a full service will. Even minor defects can be aggravated by winter conditions. It’s annoying to break down at the best of times; breaking down in the pouring rain, or in snow, is doubly so. If you are travelling long distances this winter, it is advisable to carry an emergency kit. Basic first aid products, extra blankets, a torch and spare batteries, bottled water and some non-perishable food items, a waterproof jacket and warm hat, and a knife or multi-tool. If you are stuck or lost in bad weather, it is not an exaggeration to say this kit could save your life. Remember to drive to the conditions. In winter weather, increase following distances, brake earlier, and, especially around corners, slow down. • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central www.rojones.co.nz PH 0800 RO JONES 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 25 2018 23 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Local panel beaters - for all insurance claims For over 30 years, Holland Collision Centre has been panel beating and painting all manner of vehicles in Selwyn and the Christchurch area. Almost everyone will need a panel beater a few times or more, and, especially as the weather gets colder, wetter, and conditions more slippery at this time of year, it is reassuring to have a highly qualified and experienced service so close to home. The team at Holland is exactly that. The panel beaters at Holland Collision Centre have I-CAR welding certificates. I-CAR is an industry training organisation comprising inter-industry representatives from the collision repair, insurance, vehicle manufacturing, tool supply, and vehicle importer industries. This ensures quality work, including not just smash repairs but also structural repairs. In addition, Holland Collision Centre is a member of the Collision Repair Association, another industry body assuring customers that its members’ work meets very high standards, and is backed by a robust guarantee and disputes process. By far the most complicated part of having a smash repair done can be dealing with insurance companies. Holland Collision Centre owner Cameron Holland says there is a lot of misinformation about who can repair your car after an accident. “Whenever you make a claim through your insurance company, it is your choice who you take your vehicle to for its repair and paint work.” Cameron and the team can do repair work for all insurance companies and aim to make the insurance claim process as quick and hassle-free as possible. That way you are back on the road quicker. All kinds of smash repair and vehicle paint work are available at Holland Collision Centre, using the latest technologies, such as eco-friendly waterborne paints, and huge dedicated workshop spaces. No job is too small or too big, from small dents and fender bender repairs, to seriously damaged fleet and heavy vehicles, trucks, farm machinery, horse floats, caravans, motor homes and more. before Other services include windscreen replacement, chassis strengthening, sandblasting, finishing, and airconditioning re-gassing. Wheel alignment and other mechanical work can be arranged too. Holland Collision Centre has been part of the Rolleston and Selwyn community for more than three decades, providing high quality collision repairs and supporting numerous local groups, events and people. It is at 826 Jones Road, Rolleston and can be contacted at (03) 347-8703. after Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston www.jonesroadauto.co.nz 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email cameron.hcc@paradise.net.nz • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars