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Kris Smith, technician at Repco Auto Service Renmark, recommends checking the condition of your car's tyres before embarking on long drives. Turning
the steering wheel of your car will allow you to check the condition of the inside of the tyres, which could be hiding wear and tear.
PHOTO: Stacey Roberts
Keep your car in top shape this summer
WHETHER you're staying in the
Riverland this summer, or driving
out of town, it is important to keep
an eye on your car as the weather
Car maintenance is the most
effective way to ensure your car
runs smoothly in the summer
months, as fluid levels, tyre
pressure and condition can all
affect the performance of your
Get a service
Kris Smith, of Repco Auto
Service Renmark, said regular
servicing was the easiest way of
ensuring vehicles stayed in good
"Make sure you're up-to-date,
because servicing is where you
would find any faults that you
don't know about," he said.
Test the air-con
Air-conditioning repairs are
one of the most common at Repco
Auto Service Renmark during the
summer, and Kris reminded drivers
to check that their air-conditioner
works before the hot weather kicks
in.Car fluids can also dry up in the
warmer weather, and Kris advised
checking to make sure coolant and
oil levels were topped up.
"Some (other) little things that
most people can check is coolant
water and oil levels, to make sure
they're okay, especially before a
long trip," he said.
Take a good look at
Tyres are constantly in contact
with the scorching hot road during
the summer months, so it is impor-
tant to look after them in the warm
While many drivers check their
tyre pressure, Kris advises taking
a good look at the condition of all
the tyres, especially before a long
"If you get a bit of loose grav-
el or something like that, when
you've got a bald tyre it doesn't
give as much grip as it should," he
"Police will issue defects for
bald tyres as well, so it's really
something you don't want to waste
money on when you can prevent it
before it happens."
Kris said turning the steering
wheel would allow drivers to check
the inside of the tyres, which could
be hiding wear and tear.
"Sometimes if it's a wheel align-
ment or something like that, it can
wear on the inside but it looks per-
fect on the outside," he said.
Keep your car cool
Almost everyone has experi-
enced getting into their car on a
warm day, only to burn their hands
on the blistering hot steering wheel
To avoid cars heating up, Kris
advised to park cars in the shade
where possible, and wind down
"Keep it in the shade, and keep
your windows cracked a little bit
to let the heat out, but not open
enough that people can put their
hands in," said Kris.
Seek a professional
If there are any issues with the
vehicle, or you're unsure, Kris sug-
gested taking the car to a mechanic.
"It's always good if people are
planning to go on a trip to have it
(the vehicle) checked out as soon
as they can," he said.
"Just to be prepared, and not to
leave it to the last minute."
HONDA Accord has reached a
five-star rating in ANCAP's latest
safety tests, following a change in
The current Honda Accord
model was first tested in July
last year and received a four-star
rating due to an elevated risk of
lower leg injury for drivers dur-
Since then, design changes
have improved the Accord's per-
formance, with a second round
of testing revealing a lower inju-
ry risk and bumping the rating
up to the maximum five stars.
ANCAP chairman Lauchlan
McIntosh said the result was "a
great example of a non-regulatory
program at work".
"While not required to
improve its performance, Honda
has reviewed the ANCAP test
results and actively implement-
ed changes to offer consumers a
safer car," he said.
Other recent five-star award
winners were Honda City,
Toyota Prius C and Peugeot 308
Five-star safety rating for Accord Hybrid sales reach 7 million
TOYOTA reached a new global
milestone with the sale of its seven
millionth hybrid vehicle recently.
The Japanese car manufacturer
has sold more than 67,000 hybrids in
Australia, and is the world's largest
producer of hybrid vehicles.
The locally-built Camry accounts
for more than half of the hybrids
sold in Australia by Toyota dealers,
followed by the Prius.
Toyota said it plans to "continue
working to enhance performance,
reduce costs and expand its product
line-up to create vehicles that are
popular with customers".
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Fisher said he was placing
third most of the race until the
last lap when the first two cars
ran into trouble.
"I was happy to come third,"
"But when I could see I had a
chance to win, I took it.
"I just couldn't believe it; I had
my hands punching the air. It was
a great feeling.
"It helped that the track at
Loxton was impeccable.
"The club ran great races down
there and did a fantastic job all
Fisher has raced in other state
and national titles -- including
races at Blanchetown, Kadina,
Morgan, Renmark, Alice
Springs, Strathalbyn, Loxton and
punching the air. It
was a great feeling.
-- Gary Fisher
He said he was lucky to race in
the 2014 national titles after his
motor blew out a week before the
"I was really thankful that Alan
Duff from Morgan could help me
fix my motor before the race," he
"He has helped me with all my
Fisher said his family often
travelled around the state to
compete in state titles and club
"It is a really great sport to be
involved with," he said.
"The camaraderie is amazing.
"Everyone is there to help out
Fisher regularly competes
at meets at the Morgan and
Renmark dirt kart clubs.
Age no barrier in Fisher's big catch
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