Driv­ers urged to be safe this win­ter

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

36 YEARS STRONG: (From left) Michael and Tina Red­drop, Nic and Karen Cook.

CATCH UP: (From left) Barry Ni­chols and Dar­ren Clark.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.