Winter weather drives road safety campaign

6 July 2020

Drivers and riders are reminded to take extra care on the road as winter weather sets in and ski fields open up across the state.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole launched the Winter Weather Snow and Ice campaign this week to remind motorists to prioritise safety in adverse weather.

 “Since travel restrictions eased on June 1, and with ski fields now open, there will be more people on the road and driving long distances on routes that are unfamiliar to them,” Mr Toole said.

“Winter weather can make driving much more challenging as visibility can be poor in snow and fog, and the roads are more slippery when wet or icy.

“Locals also need to take extra care because even if you know a road well, the conditions may have changed. Motorists need to be aware that black ice occurs when surface moisture and dew freeze on the road at dawn or dusk, creating a dangerously slippery surface. Black ice is hard to see when driving and can remain in shaded or low-lying areas even during fine days.”

Mr Toole said the risk of a crash is higher in winter months, and drivers should be prepared before setting out on the road by checking the weather and their vehicles.

“In the five years to 2018, there were 147 recorded crashes involving ice, mist, fog or snowy conditions in the Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands area,” Mr Toole said.

 “These crashes resulted in 119 casualties, with most of the crashes occurring in the Blue Mountains, Oberon, Lithgow and Orange during the months of June and July.

“It is important to be prepared for emergencies by making sure you have a high-visibility vest, torch, tow rope, blanket, wheel chocks and a first-aid kit in your vehicle.

“If it is snowing in your area, add anti-freeze to your engine radiator and windscreen washing fluid to prevent it freezing on the windscreen when driving.”

Transport for NSW already has road crews in place at key locations ready to respond to snow falls and icy conditions. Before starting your road trip this winter, check the latest weather conditions by calling 132 701 or visiting:

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