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Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

Before venturing out we need to understand the severity of the weather and need to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios.

Posted on: February 19, 2018

Before venturing out we need to understand the severity of the weather and need to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios.

Australia is beautiful country with some of the nicest environments in the world. That comes at a price: our beautiful country can sometimes be home to some harsh and unforgiving weather conditions. It’s important to remember that the weather can affect our ability to drive safely.

Know what the danger is

Getting from A to B is often taken for granted. Before venturing out we need to understand the severity of the weather. Is it simply bad weather or is it a natural hazard? As the Northern regions of Australia prepare for the upcoming cyclone season we need to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios.

Natural hazards = No man's land

In the case of a natural hazard (such as cyclones, bush fires, floods), it’s important to remind ourselves how we should approach road travel. If it’s not an emergency, FORGET it. In the case of an emergency, the Bureau of Meteorology suggests packing a bag of emergency supplies including:

  • a battery powered radio
  • torch and spare batteries
  • water
  • first aid kit and manual

Driving in bad weather

If it’s simply bad weather (such as heavy downpour or snow), then there are precautions we can take. We need to ask ourselves, “Is this journey really important?” If it’s not, why risk it? If it is, here are some tips to consider when driving in unfavourable conditions:

  • Pack a bag of supplies including food, water, spare clothing, a charged mobile phone, first aid kit and jump leads
  • Plan out the route. Check the RACQ website to check if any roads have been closed. Have a plan B
  • Ensure your car is fuelled and that your oil and water levels are sufficient
  • Check your tyres, to see if they have at least 3mm of tread
  • In icy conditions, clear the frost from all your front and back windscreens
  • Use your headlights
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles
  • Watch your surroundings and road signs
  • Drive slower than you normally would
  • During storms, park away from trees, power lines and water courses

Take every precaution

Stay safe on the road and make sure your vehicle is in top working condition to avoid putting yourself and your passengers in danger.

Remember if it’s dangerous, FORGET it.



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