Be pre­pared on the roads this win­ter

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THE Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion is urg­ing Vic­to­rian mo­torists to plan ahead, elim­i­nate dis­trac­tions and en­sure their ve­hi­cles are safe when driv­ing in and around the snow this ski sea­son.

An­other bumper sea­son is un­der­way at the state’s pop­u­lar re­sorts, in­clud­ing Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek, with peo­ple trav­el­ling from across Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state to hit the slopes.

TAC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Joe Calafiore said mo­torists should take into ac­count sev­eral fac­tors to en­sure a safe jour­ney in­clud­ing weather, road con­di­tions, fa­tigue, dis­trac­tions and their be­hav­iour.

“Vic­to­ria’s snow fields are among Aus­tralia’s great draw­cards and they at­tract huge num­bers of vis­i­tors from far and wide each year,” Mr Calafiore said.

“We are urg­ing ev­ery­one trav­el­ling in and around the alpine re­gion, or mak­ing the jour­ney home, to plan ahead and al­low enough time, get plenty of sleep the night be­fore, and take rest stops along the way.”

Four peo­ple have died on roads sur­round­ing Vic­to­ria’s alps in the past five ski sea­sons, and Mr Calafiore im­plored mo­torists to take ev­ery pre­cau­tion to en­sure the fig­ure was zero this year.

“Win­try weather only mag­ni­fies the dan­gers of driv­ing and peo­ple should be aware that con­di­tions can change quickly, par­tic­u­larly in and around the moun­tains,” Mr Calafiore said.

“When weather or road con­di­tions are poor, it be­comes even more im­por­tant to slow down, stay alert, drive to the con­di­tions and keep a safe dis­tance be­tween you and the ve­hi­cle in front.

“It is im­por­tant to con­cen­trate and that means elim­i­nat­ing dis­trac­tions – put your phone away.”

Black ice, fog, mist, rain, wind and land slips are all po­ten­tial haz­ards dur­ing win­ter months on roads in alpine ar­eas.

Mr Calafiore said peo­ple could pre­vent a tragedy by en­sur­ing both they and their ve­hi­cles were pre­pared for un­pre­dictable con­di­tions.

“You must en­sure that you have the cor­rect tyres, chained if nec­es­sary, and they are in good con­di­tion, along with your brakes, and en­sure all lights are work­ing so they can be switched on in low vis­i­bil­ity,” he said.

“We want ev­ery­one to travel to the moun­tains and get home safely and the choices peo­ple make and con­di­tion of their ve­hi­cles will go a long way to­wards a safe ski sea­son on our roads.”

SAFETY FIRST: TAC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Joe Calafiore said mo­torists should take into ac­count sev­eral fac­tors to en­sure a safe jour­ney in­clud­ing weather, road con­di­tions, fa­tigue, dis­trac­tions and their be­hav­iour.

TAKE CARE, PLAN AHEAD: TAC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Joe Calafiore.

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