Safe driving in the alpine region

Victorians are getting an early taste of winter, with wild weather moving across the state.

With current stage 3 restrictions, there are only four reasons to travel and our message remains clear: if you can stay at home, you must stay at home.

Due to snowfall in the alpine areas overnight, those conducting essential travel in the region need to take extra precautions.

Driving in snowy conditions requires a lot of concentration and patience, due to an unpredictable road surface and poor visibility.

Drivers are required to fit chains for travel on Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham Alpine Resort, as crews are working to clear snow from the road.

For better vehicle control and to prevent damage to chains, motorist should drive at a lower speed and avoid sudden acceleration or braking.

Low gear should be used when driving downhill, and if encountering ice, motorists need to remain calm and apply the brakes gently to slowly regain traction.

Those travelling in the alpine areas may encounter other hazardous conditions including ice, hail and fog.

Black ice is common across Victoria during the colder months and is not able to be seen from inside a vehicle. Black ice generally forms at night time, in the early mornings or on sections of the roads that haven’t been exposed to sunlight.

In fog or snowy conditions, we urge the use of fog lights instead of setting using headlights on high beam. Hazard lights can also be use headlights on low beam on cars without fog lights.