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Driving safely in the snow

Driving in snow and ice needs special attention. Your safety is the highest priority. Read our tips for driving safely in snow and icy conditions.

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Snow driving tips

  • You’ll need to watch for signs of tiredness, be patient, take a break – if you’re not enjoying the drive, it’s time to stop for a while. 
  • For your safety, leave double the normal distance between you and the car in front.
  • Don’t break hard and avoid sharp steering movements; stopping on icy roads take a lot longer.
  • Your radiator needs effective antifreeze.
  • Roads can close in extreme weather. Get live traffic information and check the weather before you go.

Do I need snow chains in Kosciuszko National Park?

All 2WD vehicles will need to carry snow chains between the June and October long weekends on the following roads:

  • Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River
  • Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
  • Island Bend/Guthega Road for its full length
  • Snow chains are also recommended on Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo, and on Snowy Mountains Highway

The road from Khancoban to Cabramurra and many of Kosciuszko National Park's minor roads are closed in winter.

While snow chains are not compulsory for 4WD and AWD vehicles, it's recommended you carry them during winter, especially if you're not used to driving on alpine roads affected by snow and ice.

Hiring and using snow chains

Snow chains can be hired at service stations and ski-hire shops in the region. They should be fitted when directed by authorised NSW National Parks, Roads and Maritime Services or Police officers.

More information about driving in the snow is available on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

Snow gum in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/DPIE