Tips that will help to make your trip safer, if driving yourself.

  • Posted speed limits are designed for ideal conditions. Slow down when driving on snow, ice, slush and rain.
  • Overpasses and bridges freeze before other pavement. Use caution at zero degrees and and watch for black ice.
  • Allow yourself at least three times the normal following distance to stop on wet or slick surfaces.
  • Avoid sudden moves by anticipating turns or lane changes.
  • Be familiar with your vehicle’s braking system and how it operates. Try your ABS in a SAFE place to get used to the feel of the brake pedal under extreme braking.
  • Low beam is more affective than high beam in fog or heavy snow.
  • Check tyre pressure regularly.
  • Be cautious using four-wheel drive. Often it does not enhance your braking or steering on slippery roads.
  • Always carry snow chains to apply to car wheels when necessary.
  • Watch for wildlife in alpine country.
  • Before leaving snow fields, remove all ice and snow from the vehicle to avoid obstructions during driving.
  • Be a cautious driver and overtake only when visibility is clear and lanes ahead are open.
  • New vehicle? Your owner’s manual may have valuable operating suggestions.
  • Cruise control should never be used in slippery conditions because snow, ice, slush or heavy rain can cause wheel spin and loss of control.
  • Check road and weather conditions before your trip at: www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/alpine.shtml or www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/snowy.shtml
  • For more tips on heading to the snow, go to Snowsafe at http://snowsafe.org.au

Happy travelling!