There are three main areas that you need to focus on
- Vehicle preparation
- Driving in the snow and
- Parking in the snow
All too often drivers are guilty of just hopping in the car and heading off for a holiday. That’s ok for most parts of Australia, (but I always advise a check over the car before any major trip).
However more than most anywhere else, a vehicle in top condition above the snow line is critical. So the best things you can do are:
- Have the car serviced before you head off to make sure everything is as good as it can be. You don’t want anything breaking down when the temperatures are below zero.
- Before you head off ensure you have anti freeze in your radiator. Often a good quality coolant will already contain this.
- The core ingredient can also be lethal to animals and children so please exercise extreme caution when using.
- Never dump antifreeze or coolant down the drain or on the ground. Recycle it properly
- You can also get some antifreeze for the windscreen wash
- Make sure your tyres have good tread depth. There is nothing worse than a car sliding down the road with balding tyres and watching the driver’s face when they realise there is nothing they can do. This can also happen with new tyres, but less likely.
- Check the tyre pressure and put them a little higher than normal. If you’re spending a lot of time in the snow, consider fitting special snow tyres.
- Make sure you fill up your fuel tank before you start to get to the snow line, the reason is that if anything goes wrong you will want to run the engine for heating while you are waiting for assistance.
- If you are driving a diesel powered car, make sure you fill with Alpine diesel.
- If you can manage it try to fill the majority of your tank with the Alpine diesel, rather than just topping up as diesel fuels have a different clouding point and Alpine diesel has a lower clouding point.
- Diesel is known to be vulnerable to gelling during the colder winter months. This occurs due to the paraffin wax found in diesel thickening as the temperatures be