DRIVING IN ALPINE AREAS cont . . .
Parking
• Park only where directed. If you do not you run the risk of another vehicle or snow clearing vehicle running into what looks to
the driver like just another drift of snow;

• Do not apply the handbrake. Moisture can freeze the cables and brake linings;

• Leave the car in gear with the front wheels turned away from the slope;

• Always park as close to the bank as possible
to leave room for two-way traffic;

• Do not use rocks to chock wheels as they may damage snow clearing machines;

• Remove wheel chocks from parking area
when leaving;

• Even if chains were not required to enter the area it is advisable to fit them when parking;

• It is much easier than trying to fit them later for the return trip if weather conditions change or the vehicle is snowbound;

• Cover the radiator to help prevent freezing. Periodically clear snow from on and around the vehicle;

• Lift wipers from windscreen or place in a plastic bag if parking for an extended period so that wipers do not stick to the glass;

• Cover door locks with masking tape to stop locks freezing up;

• Don't use wooden chocks, these tend to slip on icy surfaces.
  Windscreens
Windscreens today are laminated which
means that they are effectively two pieces of glass. Windscreens have been designed this way to increase the safety to passengers within the vehicle when a stone flicks up and hits the screen.

To prevent contamination in a damaged area do not wash the windscreen before repair. To prevent the spread of windscreen damage, avoid the use of the car heater or air-conditioner, avoid rough or bumpy roads and avoid extremes of hot or cold conditions.

Preventing Windscreen Damage
To prevent cracking a windscreen in cold weather do not pour hot water over the windscreen.

Other Helpful Hints
• Clear all glass and mirrors of ice before attempting to drive away from snowfields;

• For fast demisting of the front windscreen, use the car's heater and fan in conjunction with the vehicle's air-conditioner;

• Warm the engine for a few minutes before driving off;

• Motoring on alpine roads not only requires concentration and adept driving skills, but also a lot of patience. Keep your cool if stuck in a long queue of traffic, and always follow directions of resort staff and road signs. They are there for your safety;

• Have a spare set of keys.


 

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.