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Take care driving in wet weather

29 Jan, 2021

The Department of Transport would like to remind motorists to slow down and take extra care in wet weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a road weather alert for heavy rain resulting in reduced visibility which will make road conditions dangerous,

Bad weather should prompt drivers to slow down and use extreme care.

Conditions can change quickly. Be vigilant at all times and ensure there are no distractions that will take your focus off the road.

Drivers are reminded to ensure they leave extra space between them and the car in front, as braking distances increase in wet conditions.

Be sure to turn headlights on and be extra vigilant for cyclists and motorbikes which are harder to see.

If the rain becomes too heavy for wipers to cope, pull over safely and wait for the rain to pass.

Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water. You wouldn’t drive through flames, so don’t drive through floods.

Cars can float in as little as 15cm of water – that’s water the depth of an average pen. Watch the video here http://15tofloat.com.au/

Should you encounter fallen power lines, stay well clear and immediately call Triple Zero.

Make sure loads are secure, particularly on elevated roadways. Pay attention to overhead signage as speeds can be reduced if winds increase.

Real-time traffic conditions are available at traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or via the VicTraffic mobile app.  The latest public transport information and network status is available at ptv.vic.gov.au or in the PTV mobile app.