With daylight savings gone, winter is just around the corner, meaning shorter days and more hazardous driving conditions. Drivers planning trips to the snow should plan ahead and consider what they may encounter on the roads.
While it is advisable to drive more cautiously on all roads during winter, safely navigating Victoria’s alpine regions can involve coping with more extreme weather such as blizzards, fog and black ice. When visiting any Alpine resorts, drivers are required to always carry snow chains and fit them if directed by authorities. Check out our easy chain fitting checklist.
Other handy tips include:
- checking your tyre pressure
- checking your lights/fog lights and battery are working
- putting anti-freeze in your radiator
- packing an ice scraper and sunglasses for snow glare.
To avoid getting into trouble on the mountain, always fill up your tank prior to entering Alpine regions. Make sure you have enough fuel for the entire journey. Diesel vehicles should fill up with alpine diesel mix, which is available at service stations in the alpine area.
Before you head off, check for black ice warnings on the VicTraffic website or download the VicTraffic app. Black ice generally forms at night time, in the early mornings or on sections of the roads that haven’t been exposed to sunlight i.e. under tree cover.
We recommended delaying your trip, if you can, to avoid icy conditions. If you must drive, allow plenty of time, slow down, be patient and use a car equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if possible.
Driving in snowy conditions requires a lot of concentration and patience. Stay calm if you’re stuck in a long queue and always follow road signs and directions given by Alpine resort staff; they are there for your safety.
See our snow and winter driving page for more tips and advice.