VicRoads and Regional Roads Victoria want to remind drivers that the key to a safe holiday is good planning.
Heavier than normal traffic is expected on key holiday routes over the next two weeks. These include the Hume Freeway, Maroondah Highway, Great Ocean Road, Princes Freeway, Calder Freeway, Bass Highway and Western Freeway.
Those heading to the snow need to prepare for hazardous conditions – including snow, ice, hail and fog.
Drivers are required to take snow chains and fit them if directed to do so.
When behind the wheel, safe driving needs to be the number one priority. That means phone down and eyes on the road.
It is recommended drivers check the health of their vehicle before setting off – paying close attention to the tyres, brakes, lights, oil and water. If in doubt, get a mechanic to double-check.
Drivers should be well rested before setting off, and not drive at times they’d normally be sleeping.
When driving through rural towns, it’s important to slow down, obey the speed limit and be mindful of local traffic.
Just as drivers travelling on unfamiliar roads can plan ahead to know their surroundings, a little bit of patience and courtesy from locals will go a long way in keeping everyone safe these holidays.
For the latest traffic information around the state visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or download the VicTraffic app via your app store.