Motorists urged to drive to winter conditions

Police are urging motorists to slow down and drive to the winter conditions following reports of black ice on the roads. 

“With winter now here bringing adverse road conditions such as ice, rain and snow, it’s timely to urge all motorists to reset their driving behaviours,” said Inspector Darren Hopkins. 

“Following reports of black ice on the roads over the last few days, particularly in Northern Tasmania, it’s vital all drivers are aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions and to drive accordingly.”

Black ice creates potentially hazardous road conditions which often cannot be seen. 

“If a vehicle is driving too fast for the conditions and travels over black ice, the car can slide out of control and into danger, potentially causing a crash,” said Inspector Hopkins.   

“Police are urging all motorists, in poor weather conditions, to slow down and drive to those condition.  React to road warning signs and don’t drive on closed roads.” 

In addition to the ‘Fatal Five’ police urge all motorists to:  

  • Drive to the conditions and to a speed that feels safe and allows plenty of time to stop quickly and safely.
  • Be aware the roads can become slippery from rain, hail, ice and snow.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead – four seconds at least in poor conditions.
  • Don’t allow distractions (i.e. mobile phones) to affect your judgement and reaction times. 
  • Pay attention to road warning signs about hazardous conditions.
  • Drive with headlights on when visibility is poor.
  • Ensure tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated.
  • Ensure windscreen is clean and the demister is working as it should.
  • Ensure wiper blades work and are in good condition.