As detailed in the newspaper, the golden run of autumn weather has set a new sunshine record for April in the Nelson region. And it appears the outlook for May is more of the same. It's times like these we can really appreciate what a wonderful place to live Nelson is!

However, we're sure there is some winter weather just around the corner, so if you're planning a winter road trip or driving up to the ski slopes, here are some important points to remember.

Winter driving tips - Nelson Bays Motor Group

Check weather and road conditions

It is important you are clued up on weather activity and road conditions in your region. Monitor the weather before you leave and note down any areas expecting heavy snow, rainfall or hail. Here are some handy websites for you to check on weather and road conditions before you head on your journey:

Consider chains if travelling on snow or ice

It is important to have chains available when travelling in your vehicle in snowy and icy conditions. It pays to ensure you have these stowed away in your vehicle before you leave on your trip.

  • When using chains, make sure they are fitted to the driving wheels (eg for a front wheel car, chains go at the front)
  • Fitted chains should be firm but not tight
  • After fitting chains, drive a short distance then check them again to make sure they are secure
  • Carry warm gloves and make sure you have a torch
  • Drive slowly when using chains

Be careful of Black Ice

Black Ice is a thin sheet of ice on the road that is dark in appearance, making it extremely hard for drivers to see. It is commonly found around waterways and lakes, more often in shady or cooler areas. Black ice can cause drivers to lose control, so it’s important to drive carefully.

  • Avoid sudden braking
  • Drive slowly
  • Avoid sudden direction changes
  • Leave large following distances
  • Look for shiny, wet patches on the road

Five things you should remember to take when taking a trip in your vehicle in winter:

  • Snow chains
  • Working torch (and spare batteries)
  • Radio and mobile phone
  • Drive with your headlights on, day or night
  • Update yourself on weather and road conditions regularly

And don't forget our handy 10 Steps For a Winter Ready Car, which will help you prepare your vehicle before taking your trip.

If you are unsure and would like to know more about any of the above, or would like to book your vehicle in for a service before you head away on your trip, be sure to contact our friendly team at the Service Department, we'd be happy to assist!