VicRoads is reminding drivers in Benalla and across north eastern Victoria to take extra care on the roads this winter in order to avoid the dangers associated with colder weather.
VicRoads regional director Nicki Kyriakou said knowing how to drive in icy conditions was vital for motorists’ safety.
‘‘Wet roads, black ice and snow can pose unique dangers over the colder months,’’ Ms Kyriakou said.
‘‘The safety of all road users is our number one priority, so we’re asking people to take additional care and responsibility this winter.
‘‘Whether that’s taking an extra moment to ensure that your car is properly equipped to handle winter conditions, or slowing down to allow for inclement weather — our wish is that every person travelling on our roads gets home safely.’’
In the alpine areas, motorists may encounter especially challenging driving conditions.
‘‘While it is advisable to drive more cautiously on all roads in winter, safely navigating Victoria’s alpine regions can involve coping with more extreme weather, such as blizzards, fog and black ice,’’ Ms Kyriakou said.
‘‘All visitors to alpine resorts must carry snow chains and fit them as required.
‘‘Those heading to Mt Hotham are reminded that diamond-pattern snow chains are mandatory and recommended for all other 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, which may involve lengthy delays or traffic queues on mountains.
Diesel drivers should fill up with alpine diesel mix from snowfield region service stations to avoid fuel freezing and dual LPG/petrol drivers should switch to petrol before reaching alpine areas.
There are more tips and advice on winter and snow condition driving — including fitting snow chains on the VicRoads website.