Driving to the Snow?
All roads to the snow are country roads with blind corners, sweeping bends, pot holes, wildlife (Kangaroos, Wombats, Deer, Mountain Goats and Wild Horses)
So be alert, focus on the road ahead of you, leave early, share the driving, take a break every 2 hours, don’t rush as the snow will be there and we want to see you there!
Wait for overtaking lanes. If you need to overtake do it safely.
Take your time on our country roads, enjoy our unique scenery, as it’s all part of your snow experience!
Before you go
- Purchase your National Part Pass – Victorian Resorts; Mt Buller , Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt Baw Baw, New South Wales Resorts
- Have your car check by a qualified mechanic
- Add anti-freeze
- Check your tyres, all 4 of them!
- Get new windscreen wipers
- Get Snow Chains, if you have them already check them for any damage, also check the size, practise putting them on
- In Victorian Resorts – ALL Cars need to carry chains – that includes 4WD/AWD
- Check road condition reports – local radio stations are great or check online bom.gov.au
10 Tips for safe snow driving
- Slow Down especially on bends
- Break slowly, accelerate carefully
- Keep a 5 second gap between you and the car in front of you
- Have great tyres, winter tread is perfect
- If you have to pull over, do it well off the road
- Focus on the road ahead of you
- Put chains on when you’re told to
- Turn your headlights when it snows (do not use high-beam)
- Don’t drive if you can’t see the edge of the road
- When you arrive, don’t put your handbrake on, put up your windscreen wipers
Before leaving the Resort
- Check weather conditions
- Remove snow from car roof and bonnet
- Warm your engine for a few minutes before leaving
- Clear ice/snow from windows and mirrors, use the cars heater, fan and air conditioner. Never pour hot water on your car window!
Be prepared for Emergencies
- Carry a First Aid Kit
- Ground Sheet
- Tow Rope
Snow Chains – General Information
All 2 wheel drive cars need to carry snow chains when entering Resorts. Snow Chains are fitted to your cars driving wheels (back wheels on rear wheel drive and front wheels on front wheel drive cars).
There are several chain fitting bays, fit your chains when you are told to or when you need to.
In Victorian Resorts, it is law for all cars including 4WD and AWD to fit chains when instructed.
In NSW Resorts, You must carry them, but it’s not a requirement to fit them to a 4WD
Tips to fit snow chains
- Stop in a safe spot
- Use ground sheet and gloves – happy hands/happy knees/happy day
- Ask for help if not confident
- Check and double check – tight is good, loose is noisy!
- No snow – take the off!
More information http://snowsafe.org.au/getting-there-by-car/