Prepare for bad weather

The Department of Transport reminds Victorians to plan ahead and to take extra care if travelling in the wet and windy weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for people in Central, North Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland, South West, Northern Country, North East and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Travel should be avoided during the forecast damaging winds, snowfalls, heavy rain and flooding.

Passengers taking public transport are encouraged to check for services impacted by the weather before travelling. Extra care should be taken on platforms and when boarding and getting off public transport, as surfaces can become slippery.

Roads may need to close at short notice. Detour routes may not be suitable for all vehicles and will likely add considerable time and distance to journeys.

Landslips are frequent events in Victoria, particularly in steeper areas following heavy rainfall. The risk is often increased in areas impacted by bushfire where trees can become unstable and are at risk of falling.

Drivers are reminded to ensure they leave extra space between them and the car in front, as braking distances increase in wet conditions.

Headlights should be on, and extra vigilance is required for cyclists and motorbikes which are harder to see.

Never enter flood water. The water could be deeper than expected and the road surface may be damaged underneath.

If the rain becomes too heavy for wipers to cope, drivers should pull over safely and wait for the rain to pass.

Victorians are allowed to move beyond the current travel limits to escape an emergency situation, regardless of current coronavirus restrictions.