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Transport Alert: Driving in Alpine Areas

With recent snowfall in the Alpine areas, conditions on the road are challenging and motorists have a responsibility to be prepared.
Check the conditions before you leave by visiting traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
With the easing of coronavirus restrictions snow sports are permitted, but the ski season will not open until Monday, 22 June.

If you choose to drive in Alpine areas, remember you are legally required to carry snow chains and fit them when directed. Practice fitting chains before your trip and only fit chains to the driving wheels. Carry a torch, plastic garbage bag and gloves to make fitting easier.

It’s not unusual for roads in alpine areas to close due to unfavourable conditions. You may experience extreme weather, including blizzards, fog and black ice.

Driving in snowy conditions requires a lot of added concentration and patience. Here’s some driving tips to keep you safe;
• Drive cautiously with both hands on the steering wheel and steady pressure on the accelerator.
• Engage low gear when you are driving down a mountain.
• If you hit ice, remain calm and apply the brakes gently to slowly regain traction.
• In fog or snowy conditions, use fog lights instead of setting your headlights on high beam. If you don’t have fog lights you can use your hazard lights with your headlights on low beam.
• Please, be patient and show respect and courtesy to your fellow road users