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7 Tips For Driving In The Snow
When driving in the snow it is very important to be safe and cautious as the conditions are tricky. Anaconda brings you some great tips on driving in the snow especially if this is your first time. Driving in the snow is different to driving in normal wet conditions, visibility is low, the road is slippery and you may be unfamiliar with the road and conditions. Remember to always follow road rules, directions and be aware of weather conditions refer to the Vicroads Snow Driving Article or NSW Government for more information. Being safe is the number one priority and keeping your car comfortable is also important. Read below to find out more about the seven tips to driving in the snow.
- Always Use Fog Lights
- Drive Slowly And Smoothly
- Maintain Safe Distance From Other Vehicles
- Carry Chains
- Check Your Car Battery And Fuel Before Leaving
- Remove All Snow From Your Car Before Driving Home
- Secure All Equipment
1. Always Use Fog Lights
Fog lights should be your primary light source as they are lower to the road and will greatly assist visibility. If your car isn't fitted with those, drive with your headlights on low beam and don't use your high beams as they don't work in high mist locations. Be sure to check that all your headlights, brake lights, fog lights and indicators are in perfect working order prior to leaving home.
2. Drive Slowly And Smoothly
Icy roads are volatile and any sudden jolt to your speed or steering can dramatically alter your circumstances. Observe the speed limits on the mountain and ensure all your driving actions are smooth and deliberate. If conditions are especially bad you may need to pull over and put your hazard lights on until the conditions pass. Remember to check the weather report before departing so you know what to expect. If there are warnings, obey the rules and do not drive if conditions are not safe. If there are forecasted snow storms or heavy snowfall, reconsider your drive and obey all weather warnings.
3. Maintain Safe Distance From Other Vehicles
Remember, in wet & icy conditions your car will take a lot longer to slow down and come to a stop. Leave a bigger distance than you normally would between the car in front of you. This is very important on winding roads and icy conditions as accidents can occur. In the wilderness there may also be obstacles such as wildlife and fallen trees that may induce sudden braking, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles will reduce the chance of a collision.
4. Carry Chains
Make sure you carry chains and adhere to mountain directions on when to fit these.
It's a good idea to practise putting these on and off before you start. Also a good idea to keep a spare towel and torch on hand for when you have to put them on!
It's imperative that you use chains that have been designed specifically for your motor vehicle and that you only apply them to driving wheels.
Note, not all cars (or tyre sizes) are able to have chains fitted. Check with your vehicle manufacturer for suitability - your car owner's manual should generally outline instructions on how to fit snow chains. Always call the rental shops at your resort destination to check availability.
5. Check Your Car Battery And Fuel Before Leaving
Icy conditions can cause battery failure, particularly if your battery is a few years old. Check your battery before leaving and visit your auto electrical professional if you have any questions. Carrying a spare battery is also a good idea. Additionally, always ensure you have enough fuel as there is limited availability of petrol stations in alpine regions. Alpine fuel will be needed if you're staying on the mountain and it is likely to get cold.
6. Remove All Snow From Your Car Before Driving Home
You want to avoid any possibility of large chunks of snow or ice flying off your car and causing serious issues for cars trailing you. The snow could also slide down onto your windscreen and momentarily obstruct your view. When parking your car, ensure that you lift your windscreen wipers to prevent them from getting frozen stuck and you can use them. It is advised that you leave plenty of time for your car to 'defrost' and you may need a broom or shovel to assist in removing the excess snow.
7. Secure All Equipment
Secure all snow clothing and equipment to ensure that they do not dangerously fall off your vehicle. The last thing you want while trying to focus and maintain traction with the road is the sliding of snow gear and equipment throughout your car cabin or slipping off the roof. Secure all roof racks and any external fittings that may come loose, ensure you have the right tie down straps and load restraint essentials to carry safely. Check that your boot is securely closed and there are no items that can slide around unsafely.
Ensure Your Trip to the Snow is Safe and Enjoyable
When embarking on your snow adventure, safety comes first so please ensure that you can confidently drive and follow road rules. Anaconda has everything you need to make your trip a blast including snow clothes, snow boots and snow gear for the whole family. Shop women's snow clothes, men's snow clothes and kids's snow clothes to keep warm and make your trip a good one. We also have a range of auto accessories to make your car comfortable and functional for a long drive. Items such as car seat organisers, fuel containers, roof racks and the right packs and bags can ensure you have everything you need for your alpine adventure.
Find out more useful information and be prepared for the snow with our helpful articles and buying guides:
- Snow Clothes & Gear Buying Guide
- Snow Gear Essentials Checklist
- Sun Smart At The Snow
- Best Ski Resorts For Seeing The Snow In Victoria