Take care driving up and down
POLICE have a simple message for those visiting the snow fields this winter. Take care. Winter means more traffic heading towards the alpine resorts as well as dangerous driving conditions.
Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll of Bright police says people need to follow some simple safety measures to ensure their trips and holidays are safe and enjoyable.
“The best advice we can give to people is to be prepared for your trip, planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable alpine experience,” he said.
“Travelling on alpine roads in winter can be dangerous, and driving on roads with snow and/or ice cover not only requires concentration and adept driving skills, but also a lot of patience.
“People need to remember to carry the appropriate wheel chains, you will be fined at all resorts for not carrying and fitting chains as directed.
“When driving on the mountain drive cautiously with gradual acceleration to avoid wheel spin and avoid unnecessary gear changes.
“Also brake gently and avoid braking around corners and keep well behind vehicles in front of you.
“And always obey road signs and listen to instructions from resort staff and police.”
Snr Sgt Incoll said people need to remember to fill their radiators with anti-freeze and if driving a diesel vehicle use alpine mix.
He also said when leaving the mountain it is important to clear any snow from your vehicle, to avoid creating a road hazard to other vehicles.
“A lot of people come off the hill with a foot of snow on their car and when it eventually slips off it can cause great drama to people coming the other way or following you.”