Crackenback on the Alpine Way
One of Australia's Great Drives
Directions to the Snowy Mountains
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How do I drive on snow covered roads?
Here’s some tips for driving in the snow that may help you navigate icy roads.
- Drive during daylight hours where possible. Share the driving responsibilities.
- Do not drive unless visibility is good enough to see the next snow pole on the edge of the road.
- In poor visibility situations, drive with your headlights on.
- Travel slowly on snow or ice, braking gently and early. Avoid braking when cornering.
- Keep well behind the vehicle in front, at least twice the normal distance.
- A little methylated spirits in the windscreen washer bottle will prevent water freezing overnight.
- Change coolant and increase the amount of anti-freeze, particularly if vehicle will be left parked overnight in alpine areas.
- Check all tyres have good tread, including the spare. Bald tyres and icy roads are a combination waiting for a crash.
- Loose snow chains can cause severe damage to bodywork, suspension or brake lines. Always re-check tension after driving vehicle 20 metres.
- Keep skis and stocks on the roof – try to avoid having loose items in the cabin of the vehicle.
- Keep some comfortable clothing in your car for your trip home. Don’t drive in damp or wet foot wear—driving in your socks is better than driving in heavy wet shoes.