Centre for Road Safety

Speed increases danger

Motorists need to take extra care driving during the colder months, especially on wet or icy roads. Unpredictable winter weather can suddenly drop temperatures and create poor road conditions, even in unexpected locations.

Travelling on wet or icy roads increases the risk of a crash, even for experienced motorists on routes they know well. You need to slow down and use caution when driving in fog, wet or icy conditions.

If you encounter ice, slow down to maintain control of your vehicle and reduce the force of impacts that might occur.

Black ice

Motorists especially need to take care when driving at night or at dawn or dusk, when surface moisture and dew can freeze into black ice. Difficult to see, black ice can remain on the road even during fine days in shaded or low-lying areas.

Take notice of variable message signs with up-to-date information about the weather and road conditions.

Tips for safe driving in icy and wet conditions

  • Obey speed advisory signs and drive to the conditions
  • Slow down and watch for ice on roads, especially in shaded or low lying areas
  • Drive with your headlights on low beam.  You should only use your fog lights if driving in fog, mist, or other atmospheric conditions that restrict your visibility.
  • Watch for wildlife warning signs - many road accidents in snow and ice affected areas involve native animals crossing roads, particularly at night
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Braking in icy or wet conditions should be gentle to avoid skidding and losing control. Brake early and accelerate slowly.

More information

Visit the Live Traffic NSW website or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701 (24 hours) for details on road and weather conditions.