WITH ice and snow predicted on many of the state’s roads for the rest of this week, Tasmania Police have offered the following tips to help stay safe on the roads.
- Drive at a speed that feels safe and allows plenty of time to stop quickly and safely.
- Be aware the roads are slippery and you could be driving on ice so drive accordingly.
- Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead – four seconds at least in poor conditions.
- Ensure your tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated.
- Ensure your windscreen is clean the demister is working as it should.
- Ensure your windscreen and backscreen wiper blades are in good condition.
- Don’t drive through water across the roadway; the road may be damaged underneath.
- Drive with headlights on when visibility is poor.
- Pay attention to road warning signs about hazardous conditions.
- Check the Tasmania Police Community Alerts page for road closures and hazardous conditions before travelling: www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
Icy roads will make driving conditions potentially dangerous in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley. As of 4.15pm today (Monday) the following local road warnings are in place:
- Gordon River Rd – Snow at Tim Shea. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Extreme caution.
- Highland Lakes Rd – Snow on road and ice patches. Extreme Caution.
- Highland Lakes Rd – Snow at Hunterston to Miena. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Extreme caution. Snow clearing completed.
- Lake St Clair Road – Snow throughout. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Snow clearing completed.
- Lake Dobson Rd – Road open, snow clearing completed.
- Lyell Highway – Ouse to Derwent Bridge, Road open to 4WD only. Use with caution. Snow and ice in elevated areas.
- Lyell Highway between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge open to 4WD vehicles only.
- Marlborough Rd – Snow throughout. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Extreme caution. Snow clearing completed.