"WINTER DRIVING IN CANBERRA & SURROUNDS" Cars. Tip by AusPinay

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  Drive cautiously especially in winter!
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The most common form of getting around the Capital and its surrounds is by private car. Particularly for our family, it is four wheel driving. However, this time, we have changed our gas guzzling Suzuki Grand V6 to a more fuel economical SX4, also a Suzuki.

There are several rules regarding four wheel driving and driving in general around Australia.

Specially if you are driving from Canberra to the snowfields, one must drive very cautiously and ensure their car can handle slippery and rough terrain. Around Canberra is definitely smooth driving, but to the surrounding bushlands and mountains, it is a different story.

In winter too, as there is a high incidence of four wheel drive vehicle accidents, the RTA (Roads and Traffic Authority) now recommends all vehicles carry snow chains from June to OCtober, especially if drivers have little or no experience driving in snow conditions.

While 4X4 are exempt from fitting chains under the present laws, this may change in the future. So, when in doubt, just inquire with your local RTA.

As with any driving, common sense must be used, no speeding or overtaking especially on double lines, curves, crests, etc.
Being alert for road signs and warnings are also very practical! Sometimes we get caught up in the beauty of the sights we passed by that we momentarily forget the rules, so be careful!

Mode: TO,AROUND
Type: Car/Motor Home
Website: http://rta.nsw.gov.au

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 7, 2008
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