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Four-time Australian Rally Champion Neal Bates is urging motorists to carry out a quick inspection of their cars as the depths of winter descend.

"Taking a few minutes to check your car now could make all the difference during the colder months.

"No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in miserable weather, or worse," said Bates.

Key items to check include the battery, engine coolant level, oil level, tyre wear and pressures, condition of the wiper blades, cleanliness of the windows and operation of the air conditioner.

Bates warns the lower visibility of dark, wet nights, or frost on the windscreen on cold dark mornings, can be dangerous.

"Check the condition of your wiper blades to ensure they haven't perished during the summer, as this will make them less effective for properly clearing frost or rain.

"Look for cracking and any noticeable fading of the wiper blades," Bates said.

A handy tip to maximise visibility is to spend a few minutes cleaning the inside of the windows to reduce misting and help the car's demisters operate more effectively.

One way to help rapidly demist a foggy windscreen and side mirrors, can be to set the air conditioner to 're-circulate' and feed warm air as required.

Motorists living in cold climates or those heading for the snow are advised to visit their nearest Toyota service centre for a battery condition check.

Desmond Lew, divisional manager National Parts and Accessories, Toyota Australia, advises motorists that adhering to the regular maintenance schedule as set by the manufacturer helps prepare a car for winter.

"The low cost capped-price servicing provided by Toyota Service Advantage* makes adhering to the regular maintenance schedule more affordable.

"Having your car serviced at a Toyota dealer ensures that the coolant is changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations and hence has suitable anti-freeze and anti-corrosion properties.

"Motorists should also perform a visual check of the coolant level, referring to their vehicle's owner manual for further details," said Mr Lew.

Tyre pressures should be checked weekly, regardless of the time of year. Toyota owners will help maximise their tyre lifespan by regularly rotating tyres and undertaking wheel alignment checks.

Toyota owners can contact their local Toyota Service Centre for more information.


For further information contact:
Mike Breen, Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: 0418 447 064

*Maximum payable for standard scheduled servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000kms (up to the first 4 services for Camry, Hybrid Camry & Aurion/6 services all remaining vehicles). Excludes Government and Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to for other exclusions and eligibility.

Tyre pressures should be checked weekly, regardless of the time of year.