Winter weather safety
Whether you're facing snow, sleet or icy conditions, here's how you can stay safe.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

Whether you're caught off-guard with snow, sleet or ice that rarely happens in your area, or you're used to these conditions, it's always good to brush up on some key ways to stay safe.

Tips for motorists:

Motorists need to take extra care driving during the colder months, especially on wet or icy roads. Unpredictable winter weather can suddenly drop temperatures and create poor road conditions, even in unexpected locations.

Travelling on wet or icy roads increases the risk of a crash, even for experienced motorists on routes they know well. You need to slow down and use caution when driving in fog, wet or icy conditions.

If you encounter ice, slow down to maintain control of your vehicle and reduce the force of impacts that might occur.

Black ice

Motorists especially need to take care when driving at night or at dawn or dusk, when surface moisture and dew can freeze into black ice. Difficult to see, black ice can remain on the road even during fine days in shaded or low-lying areas.

Take notice of variable message signs with up-to-date information about the weather and road conditions.

Tips for safe driving in icy and wet conditions

  • Obey speed advisory signs and drive to the conditions

  • Slow down and watch for ice on roads, especially in shaded or low lying areas

  • Drive with your headlights on low beam. You should only use your fog lights if driving in fog, mist, or other atmospheric conditions that restrict your visibility.

  • Watch for wildlife warning signs - many road accidents in snow and ice affected areas involve native animals crossing roads, particularly at night

  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Braking in icy or wet conditions should be gentle to avoid skidding and losing control. Brake early and accelerate slowly.lights on.

Tips if you're going out:

  • Taking extra care when walking as footpaths may be extremely slippery. Ice can form on paths which maybe hard to see.

  • Dress warmly by wearing layers of loose fitting lightweight clothing with an outer layer that will keep you dry.

If you have any questions or need extra support, we're here to help you anytime, in any language. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.

Information sourced from: NSW Centre for Road Safety and SES

Image credit: Peter Besser on Unsplash

All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice.

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