Snow driving tips – parking your car

Snow driving tips – In the ongoing chats about driving in the snow this year, today we are chatting about parking your car.

Subaru Perisher Valley XV 1First up is always park in marked areas, that way the snow ploughs know where cars are.

Leave the car in gear but don’t put the handbrake on. Park facing slightly downhill or flat of you can. You may chock the wheels if necessary and turn the wheels away from the slope of the road.

If you need to fit snow chains, i.e. a 2WD vehicle, then sometimes its wise to fit them overnight, That way of it snows overnight you don’t need to fit them in the morning.

If you need to put your key in the door handle to open it, cover the lock overnight.

Always remember to lift your wipers.  And when trying to remove ice or snow from the windscreen never use boiling water. Your windscreen could crack instantly.

Instead use slightly warm water and an ice scraper. Don’t try using your wipers. Better still start the engine and put the defroster on while the engine is warming up. This will also allow any snow on the bonnet to slide off.

When driving off do it slowly and be aware of any snow on the roof if you brake.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.