Know Your Road Rules

Even if you’ve been driving for 40 years or more it’s almost certain that there are a few road rules that you’re a bit unsure about. Obviously that can lead to problems on the road ranging from unsafe driving all the way through to road rage! 

And it’s not always easy because the rules change as well and so it’s great that the government have an excellent website and some great resources to keep you up-to-date. Some of the classic areas where people get confused are:

  • changing lanes and merging
  • giving way
  • safe following distances
  • and the ‘old classic’ roundabouts

If you’re unsure about any of these things or just want to check up on a rule then why not grab one of the little guides from the Queensland Government.

Road rules refresher pocket guide

The road rules refresher pocket guide outlines the most commonly misunderstood Queensland road rules. You can download the guide or order a copy online.

Your keys to Driving in Queensland

The Your Keys to Driving in Queensland publication is the road rules hand book for all drivers, including learner drivers. It contains essential information about the Queensland driver licensing system and road rules.

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Getting the Right Battery for your Car or Vehicle

Your car’s battery is the heart of its electrical system which powers your modern vehicle and all of its electric components. Cars are increasingly becoming dependent on computing and the demands on the battery are growing. 

Car batteries are not the simple interchangeable item that they once were, and getting the right one for your vehicle can save you money and a lot of hassle.

Fortunately at Sandgate AutoElectrics out fully trained staff are able to match the correct high-quality battery that will give you excellent performance over the long-term. Whether your car is a runabout, high performance, four-wheel-drive or even a demanding truck we have the batteries to keep you running.

Modern batteries charge differently and can also fail very quickly. At the first sign of any battery trouble contact us at Sandgate AutoElectrics so that we can test and if required, replace your battery on the spot. Sometimes of course it’s not the battery and our professional mechanical staff can get to the bottom of the issue to get you back on the road quickly.

Dual Batteries

Some vehicles and uses require dual battery systems to be installed and we supply and install products from the major suppliers as well is recommending what suit your unique situation most ideally. You can read more about our dual battery charging systems here.

Myths

There are a lot of myths around function of car batteries as well as how to keep the running. Our good friends at RACQ have put together a little frequently asked questions to cover some of the myths about car batteries http://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-driving/products-and-services/batteries/battery-myths

To get the best battery for your vehicle, give us a call and our friendly team will make sure you have a great result – CALL 3269 3158

 

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Caravan on the Road

Vehicle Setups for Towing

We specialise in vehicle setups for towing and we can have you all ready to hit the road in safety and comfort.

Whenever you get a new vehicle or you are setting up for towing a larger load, you will need to consider everything required by law to operate the vehicle safely.  This can include everything from updating your battery system, adding electric brakes or just setting up your wiring and putting those extra 12V outlets in.

Dual Batteries

Whether you are a traveller with extra power needs or just love camping or running a fridge, dual battery systems are becoming hugely popular. they let you run your extra devices without the risk of flattening your ignition battery in your vehicle.

Electric Brakes

Nearly every caravan now built has electric brakes fitted to the caravan.  These brakes require an electric current from a brake controller mounted in your car, to make them operate. Any towed trailer or caravan that weights 750kg or more must be fitted with independent brakes. Electric are the most common type.

Call us on 3269 3158 to book in your full vehicle setup. 

 

 

 

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Holiday Driving Tips: Avoid Fatigue

Driver fatigue is a proven killer on Queensland highways. When you’ve got a big trip ahead, it’s important to plan for 15-minute breaks every two hours – to rest and revive.

During major holiday periods, take advantage of the extensive Driver Reviver network that operates around Australia, where you can get free tea or coffee. In other times, take a thermos of hot water and make yourself a cuppa at a rest area.

Try to avoid setting off in the early hours of the morning, as your body still expects to be sleeping.

Part of good driving is recognising that driver fatigue can affect your performance behind the wheel well before you actually feel tired. Signs of fatigue include:

  • Yawning, heavy eyes or sweaty hands
  • Droning or humming in the ears
  • Daydreaming or loss of concentration
  • The vehicle wandering on the road
  • Unintentional changes in vehicle speed
  • Pressure in the head or temples
  • Stiffness or cramps

If you feel these symptoms of driver fatigue, pull over where it is safe to do so, lock the doors and sleep until you are refreshed.

Why not book your vehicle in for a service before your trip. Call us to make a time. 3269 3158

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What is an Autoelectrician? … (in Brisbane)

We get asked a lot and with the advent of computers and electronics in almost every part of a vehicle … its kind of hard to answer.  

Most people who need us don’t know it because their car has stopped running properly and they take it to a mechanic … but with so much of the car relient on electronics, they often bring it to us to work on.

We found this info which sums some of it on a government job site.


 

Automotive electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and computer-based equipment in motor vehicles, caravans, trailers, earthmoving equipment, mining equipment and agricultural equipment.

Automotive electricians may perform the following tasks:

  • work with computer-controlled engine management systems
  • service, identify and repair faults on electronically controlled vehicle systems such as electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition, anti-lock braking, cruise control, automatic transmission, airbags and air conditioning
  • install electrical equipment such as gauges, lighting, alternators and starter motors in vehicles
  • install electrically operated accessories such as radios, heating or demisting equipment, air conditioners, driving lamps and anti-theft systems
  • refer to circuit diagrams, and use meters and test instruments to find electrical faults
  • adjust engine control systems and timing to ensure vehicles are running at peak performance
  • test, recondition and replace faulty alternators, generators, starter motors and related items such as voltage regulators and batteries
  • repair or replace faulty ignition, electrical wiring, fuses, lamps and switches
  • use hand tools, specialised electrical tools, instruments and machines, including drills, grinders, presses and lathes
  • solder or weld when repairing electrical parts
  • sell and install electrical parts and accessories
  • install, repair and service air conditioning systems.

If you think that you need an Autoelectrician, give us a call today on 3269 3158

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Recent Myth About Towing Shackles

There has been a lot of incorrect posts on social media recently about police booking people due to a change in the requirements for safety chain shackles. This is not correct as you can see form this Transport Department email below:

MYTH – CHANGES TO REQUIREMENTS FOR SHACKLES USED WHEN TOWING A TRAILER 

For response to Customer Enquiries regarding this matter. There has been no change!

Recently, information has been circulating on social media about changes that require the shackles used when towing a trailer to be rated as well as enforcement of this requirement in the Gympie area.Vehicle Standards can advise that under the current legislation, while the safety chains that are used to connect a trailer to a towing vehicle are required to comply with Australian
Standard AS 4177.4 Caravan and light trailer towing components, there is no legal requirement for shackles to comply with a particular Australian Standard.

However, in the interest of road safety, the Department of Transport and Main Roads strongly recommends that vehicle operators use shackles that are either certified to AS 2741-2002 Shackles or are identifiable as having a suitable design for the trailer and towing vehicle combination.

These requirements are not new and have been consistent across most States and Territories for many years.

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Meet Rachel Newton

Rachel works in our office and if you’ve been in or called you have probably spoken to her. We thought we would ask a few simple questions to introduce you to the first of our staff.

Favourite food?

Anything my partner cooks (He’s a Chef)

Favourite Drink?

Coke with maybe a little bourbon or maybe the other way round

Last job before here?

Working in the service department for a caravan Dealership

Favourite movie?

Don’t really have one

Best thing about working at Sandgate Auto?

Diversity of work and the people I work with

More:

I am known to be just a bit of a social butterfly

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Power Steering Tips

Your power steering makes driving a modern car so much easier but it requires some simple maintenance to reduce wear and expense. The fluid should be checked regularly to ensure it is filled to capacity.

  1. The fluid can be checked via the reservoir. For the specific location relating to your vehicle please check your owner’s manual.
  2. Only use the recommended oil for your car, this information can be found in your owner’s manual.
  3. Never over fill the reservoir.
  4. If the power steering fluid needs regular refilling contact us as you could have a leak.

If you are unsure about where to check or fill the power steering fluid, please drop in and we can show you.

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Battery Tips

The battery is a key component of your car’s electrical system and the most common cause of vehicle breakdowns. A number of simple steps can be taken to ensure your battery is kept in optimum condition all year round.

  1. Check your battery terminals regularly to make sure that they are clean and tight.
  2. Most newer batteries are maintenance free and won’t require topping up but if yours does ensure that the electrolyte level is correct. If topping up only use distilled water.
  3. Make sure the battery is secure. This can often be a problem as brackets can shake loose especially in off-road vehicles.
  4. If your battery has not been replaced in 3 – 4 years consider a replacement as battery failures often occur with no warning.

We carry a comprehensive range of heavy duty batteries to suit all makes and models.

For any battery problems consult your owner’s manual or contact

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