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Snow Driving Tips
Driving in the snow is not difficult, however it
does require some adjustment to normal driving styles to allow for
the reduced levels of traction and climate. Here are a few tips to
make it easier.
It is mandatory by law to carry chains when
driving on the mountain during the ski season (meaning potential
fines if you don't) and they must be fitted at the "Fit
Chains Here" sign. At peak times there are chain fitting
services available for a nominal fee.
Change coolant and increase the amount of anti-freeze,
particularly if vehicle will be left parked overnight in alpine
areas. Most modern vehicles will have anti-freeze, however it's
worth a phone call to your service centre to check.
A little methylated spirits in the windscreen
washer bottle will prevent water freezing overnight.
Check all tyres have good tread, including the
spare. Bald tyres and icy roads are a combination waiting for
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.
If you or your travelling companions have difficulties
with your ears with the change in altitude, it's a good idea
to have some gum to chew or lollies to suck on.
Where possible drive during daylight hours.
Do not drive unless visibility is good enough
to see the next snow pole on the edge of the road.
In poor visibility situations, use your vehicles
fog/driving lights if fitted, with parking lights only; ie.
without headlights as these tend to cause a 'white-out' effect.
If your vehicle does not have driving lights then headlights
on are best.
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.
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, as they can
become internal missiles in a crash.
Parking in the snow
Only park in designated areas. The snow clearing
equipment (graders and snow blowers) may not realise that a
pile of snow contains a car if it is parked in a spot where
it is not supposed to be.
Always park as close to the bank as possible,
to leave room for two-way traffic.
Leave your handbrake OFF - moisture around
the handbrake cable can freeze solid, as can the brake linings.
Leave the car in gear with the front wheels
turned away from the slope. You can also use a chock under a
wheel as added precaution, however do not use a rock as these
may cause damage later with snow clearing.
Leave your windscreen wipers up off the windscreen
(avoids them freezing to the glass). Alternatively a small block
of wood underneath the blade can prevent this damage.
Even if chains were not required to enter the
area, it is advisable to fit them when parking. It is much easier
than trying to fit them later for the return trip if weather
conditions change or the vehicle is snowbound.
Cover door locks with masking tape to stop locks
If you have room, carry a shovel! The lodge
has two shovels for digging the car out, however these become
popular if leaving at a busy time.
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