26 September 2023

Snow’s the limit on road safety checks

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The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate has released advice to local holiday makers planning to mark the winter weather with a visit to the nearby snowfields.

The Directorate said it was important for people headed to the snow to understand the different challenges that driving in the alpine region could bring.

“Decreased visibility, bad weather, heavy snowfall and wildlife brings with it increased challenges when driving in the alpine region,” the Directorate said.

“Colder weather can also adversely affect the running of your car and its safety features,” it said.

“To keep you and your passengers safe this snow season, ensure you familiarise yourself with the following road safety tips and be prepared for your trip.”

The Directorate said that when preparing for a trip to the snow people should have their vehicles checked; add antifreeze to their car engine radiator; use cold weather diesel fuel in diesel vehicles; allow enough time for the trip; and prepare for emergencies.

“Snow chains are recommended when driving in bad conditions to help drivers and reduce accidents,” it said.

“National Park regulations require all vehicles (except four-wheel drives) to carry chains between the June and October long weekends when driving through designated ‘snow and ice’ risk sections.”

The Directorate said that within the Kosciuszko National Park, designated ‘snow and ice’ risk sections were identified by black and yellow signs.

Further information on snow safety precautions can be accessed at this PS News link.

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