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    Default Drive trip to snow

    Looking at a trip to the snow driving next year.
    We're in qld so doesn't really get to cold where we are to know about this stuff, but how do you prepare your car in the snow? Do I put antifreeze in things like the windscreen washer?
    What tips to you have if you live in a cold area?

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    Default Drive trip to snow

    Is your car diesel or petrol?

    If diesel fill up with alpine diesel when you are close to the snow (most oetrol stations here have alpine diesel during winter) as diesel does freeze.

    Are you planning on staying on snow at the resorts or in a town close to the resorts?

    I live in the snowies all year and my water for the wipers freeze often. Or the windscreen is just a sheet of ice so you need to use an ice scraper anyway. I just normally turn my car on to warm up and scrape the ice off.

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    Petrol and in town most likely. Does the freezing crack the pipes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    Petrol and in town most likely. Does the freezing crack the pipes?
    Petrol won't freeze. I'd make sure you have chains for your tires.

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    Read the car's owner manual. Should have all info in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Read the car's owner manual. Should have all info in there.
    Thanks I was hoping for insider tips too

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    No, petrol won't freeze. Only diesel without the "alpine" additives.

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    In Australia I've only been to the Perisher & Thredbo resorts, so not sure if that's where you're headed but if that's the ski area you're thinking about, and you're staying in Jindabyne, you most likely won't need to worry about your car in snow, as it doesn't snow that much in Jindabyne and even if it does, it's not heavy snowfall. It's not as cold as up on the mountain. I've never had a problem with the water for my wipers but also never really needed to use it (this was also the case when we've been in the alps overseas). If the screen is covered in frost/ice, you can turn the car on and blast the hot air onto the windshield.

    If you're driving into the national park in winter, it's a legal requirement to have snow chains. Make sure you practice how to put them on because trying to figure it out on the side of the road in the snow for the first time is a nightmare. Also remember you have to drive really slow with them on or they can snap off and damage your car. You can only go around 20-30kph with them on. If you have a 4wd car you don't need the snow chains but still have to carry them in your car. And drive very slow, I've seen a number of 4wd that have run off the road up the mountain because people thought they didn't need to worry since they are driving 4wd.

    We have an AWD SUV and have driven to Thredbo numerous times without chains. It's not ideal, but it will get you there. It probably depends how bad the snowfall is (well, "good" snowfall actually, as you want lots of it for good piste skiing).

    If you're staying in the village (Thredbo or another village near ski lifts), you probably will need chains on your tires if you're not parking in a garage. We made the mistake once of parking outside without chains, and after a night of very heavy snowfall, it was impossible to drive our car in the morning, even though it was an SUV, it was getting stuck in a pit of snow. Our friends who drove a jeep were able to just go right over it without any problems.

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    Also I'm pretty sure the petrol stations at Jindabyne have antifreeze in their petrol. Correct me if im wrong


 

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