Take care driv­ing up and down

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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