Driving in the Snow

The Snowy Monaro region is one of the few places in Australia where snow is likely to fall across roads and highways. Heavy frosts, black ice and foggy conditions are also very common. These conditions pose a threat to residents and visitors. Taking some simple precautions when driving will help to minimise accidents and damage.

Simple tips for driving in Alpine Regions

  • Ensure your car has appropriate antifreeze, coolants and is in good working order. Speak to your local mechanic if you are unsure.
  • Drive with your lights on low beam, even during the day so that you can been seen and see hazards.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Traffic may be heavy or the roads icy and dangerous.
  • Leave plenty of room between cars. Sudden breaking, icy roads and wild life are frequent occurrences on Alpine Roads
  • While Snow Chains are generally only required in National Parks, sometimes roads outside of these locations may require chains. RMS road safety will determine the need for chains however its a good idea to carry them and know how to confidently fit them if required. Chains are a requirement for 2 wheel drive cars. 4 wheel drive cars are currently exempt however this may change upon review.
  • Park with your car in gear and wheels turned away from a slope.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accurate and up to date information. We recommend you contact Roads and Maritime Services for the most up to date information.

Further Reading

These great links keep up to date information and a handy tips on staying safe in the snow.