Drivers urged to be safe this winter
DRIVERS headed out around Mansfield this winter are being urged to plan ahead and drive to the conditions.
With heavy fog blanketing much of Mansfield this week, it is advisable to drive more cautiously and at slower speeds than would normally be travelled.
Combine the fog with black ice, snow, increased traffic and wet weather and the roads are considerably more dangerous than in the warmer months.
VicRoads regional director eastern, Scott Lawrence, said adjusting driving behaviour during winter was vital to significantly reducing risk.
“Our number one safety tip is that if conditions are dangerous, for example, freezing temperatures, heavy rain or snow, then you should avoid driving if at all possible,” he said.
“If you must drive, then do so cautiously; concentrate, reduce speed, ensure headlights are on and maintain a safe distance from the car in front as in rain it can take twice as much distance to stop.
“But for people heading to the Victorian snowfields, extreme driving conditions might be unavoidable, so it is important that both driver and vehicle are adequately prepared.”
If you are headed to any of Victoria’s mountains, the following is a list of tips to help you arrive safely:
be prepared before you leave; make sure the driver is well rested;
snow chains are compulsory for any vehicles entering an alpine resort during snow season – don’t be caught unawares;
in addition to checking weather forecasts, drivers should check road conditions at VicTraffic or by downloading the VicTraffic app;
check your tyre tread/pressure and make sure lights and battery are working;
if staying overnight, put anti-freeze in your vehicle radiator, and alpine diesel if appropriate;
pack an ice scraper and sunglasses for snow glare;
if the conditions are bad, drive slowly or pull over.
More tips and advice on winter and snow condition driving – including fitting snow chains – are available on VicRoads’ website.
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