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July 22, 2017 Motoring No Comments Email Email

The NRMA is encouraging motorists to take extra care when driving on iced roads or in the snow.

NRMA Store Manager Car Servicing, Phill Browne, said while families we’re encouraged to jump in the car and take advantage of the wonderful adventures available in the snowy mountains they must be prepared for harsher driving conditions.

“Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be challenging especially if you are not used to those conditions so many crashes occur due to a lack of knowledge and inexperience driving in the snow,” Mr Browne said.

“Motorists travelling to snow and ice-affected areas in NSW should be aware that winter roads can be foggy, icy and wet so they are required to adjust their driving behaviour to safely navigate these areas.”

Mr Browne said some of the things drivers needed to consider when driving to the snow include:

 Adjust your speed to suit the weather
 Simply slow down if the conditions deteriorate.
 Use headlights so your vehicle can be easily seen.
 Use fog lights in snowy conditions.
 Don’t overtake on a hill or bend.
 Keep a safe distance between vehicles as stopping distances increase on slippery roads.
 Ease into the brake and accelerator to avoid skidding and slipping.

“As the weather gets colder and snow is falling, two wheel drives must carry and fit chains to the driving wheels as required.

“Even though four wheel drives do not need chains, it is wise to carry them in case of extreme weather conditions such as black ice.”

The NRMA also encourages motorists to carry out some simple maintenance checks or visit their local NRMA Car Servicing Centre to ensure the smoothest and safest journey to the slopes.

“It is paramount that your tyres, battery, brakes, engine and cooling system have been checked and are in good working order,” Mr Browne said.

“Always add anti-freeze to your engine radiator to avoid the coolant freezing, the engine blocking and the radiator cracking. This could leave you stranded with an expensive car repair bill.

“Remember when parking at the snow, apply the handbrake and turn the wheel away from a slope to ensure your car is still there when you return from a day on the slopes.

“Make sure windscreen wipers are lifted off the windscreen so they don’t snap off with a heavy snow fall. Car engines should be warmed before heading off on your journey.”

For nearly 100 years, the NRMA has been part of the great Australian road trip and with its recent investment in the Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM), which includes Stuarts Point Holiday Park in Jindabyne, the NRMA can continue to support regional tourism by providing quality, affordable accommodation in Australia’s best holiday destinations.

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