DRIVING IN ALPINE AREAS cont . . .
Snow Driving - The Basics
• Observe local speed limits in resorts, chain fitting bays and elsewhere;

• Before leaving the ski fields, be sure to clear any snow from the car roof, to avoid creating a road hazard to other vehicles. Failure to do so is an offence;

• Drive cautiously with gradual pressure on the accelerator to avoid wheel spin. The speed is not necessarily the slowest possible, sometimes a more optimum speed can help momentum through snow drifts or travelling up hills;

• Avoid unnecessary gear changes. Engage first or second gear on level ground (including automatics) before ascending or descending hills in snow or ice conditions;

• Brake gently. Front and rear wheels can lock easily with loss of steering and control;
  • Keep well behind the vehicles in front;

• Avoid braking when cornering, brake before the corner while the wheels are straight;

• Keep well away from snow clearing machines.

It is often necessary to reverse these machines, and snow clearing operators may not be able to see you in snowdrift or falling snow conditions. Also, the fountain of snow coming from the blowers may contain ice chunks and stones;

• Do not overtake clearing equipment until they have stopped blowing snow.

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Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.