Acting Regional Director North Eastern Nathan Matthews said extreme weather and poor light can make driving dangerous in the winter months.

“Driving in alpine conditions can be hazardous if you don’t take precautionary steps – it requires not only a lot of concentration and adept driving skills, but also a lot of patience,” Mr Matthews said.

“Often people have a long drive to the snow, so we’d advise breaking your journey at a roadside rest stop or at a town en route to your destination.

“Stay safe by looking out for oncoming traffic once you’re in the Alpine Regions, then when you arrive remember to follow directions by Resort Staff and road signs, they are there for your safety.”

This snow season, Regional Roads Victoria crews will be in operation 24-7 across an 82 kilometre stretch of the Great Alpine Road, from Harrietville to Omeo, as well as on roads around Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo and the Omeo Highway.

“We’ve already had snow ploughs clearing the Great Alpine Road from the Dargo Road intersection through to Dinner Plain, and on Mount Buffalo near Cresta,” Mr Matthews said.

“These sweeps are important as they ensure safe access to the holiday resorts of Falls Creek and Mount Hotham and help us to identify any potential hazards.”

Mr Matthews said drivers can play their part by ensuring their vehicles are equipped for driving in challenging conditions.

“All visitors to alpine resorts must carry snow chains and fit them when directed by authorities,” Mr Matthews said.

“Those heading to Mount Hotham are reminded that diamond pattern snow chains are mandatory and recommended for all alpine resorts.” 

Other tips include checking tyre tread/pressure, lights and battery are working, putting anti-freeze in the radiator, packing an ice scraper, and sunglasses for snow glare. 

Drivers should fill up fuel tanks before reaching the alpine regions to make sure there is sufficient fuel for the entire journey.

Drivers are encouraged to visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au to check for any issues on their planned routes.     

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