Rotarians check 136 vehicles

A RECORD 136 vehicles pulled into Naracoorte Rotary's light checking station over a three-hour period last Thursday evening.

Jason Conduit (left) and David Ludwig tune up a vehicle's headlights at the testing station.

Jason Conduit (left) and David Ludwig tune up a vehicle's headlights at the testing station.

The weather was kind and the rain held off for the team of 12 Rotarians, four local mechanics and other helpers - Jason Conduit from Naracoorte Batteries, TAFE lecturer Dean Ludwig, Leon Wardle and David Ludwig from Naracoorte Automotive Services and George Cornwell from Bridgestone tyres.

An annual initiative, organisers said it was great to have regular attendees come each year to have their headlights adjusted.

This is necessary because constant vibration within the vehicle can, and does, have the effect of causing them to become unbalanced.

Rotarian Peter Flavel said people were starting to see how beneficial it was to take advantage of the free light check.

Rotarian Ellis Roberts adjusts the sighting board so vehicle headlights can be adjusted to the correct height.

Rotarian Ellis Roberts adjusts the sighting board so vehicle headlights can be adjusted to the correct height.

"The once-a-year check is becoming more popular than ever," he said.

"With more police checks resulting in more defected vehicles it can only become even more important for the general public to avail themselves of this free service."

The light checks were provided by the Rotary clubs in the SE, in conjunction with the SA road safety committee and SA Police.

Stations were also in Mount Gambier, Millicent and Bordertown.

A total of 428 vehicles attended the nights across the region and 57 per cent had headlight aim adjustments.

A number of vehicles needed poly carbonate lenses polished and some headlights were not able to be adjusted as they required repairs.

Over 100 globes were blown and, where possible, replaced.

Tyres in Mount Gambier were generally in good condition with only 30 vehicles advised to rotate or align their tyres by Trident tyre technicians.

Leon Wardle (left) and Dean Ludwig lift a car's headlight beam to the proper height.

Leon Wardle (left) and Dean Ludwig lift a car's headlight beam to the proper height.

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