Winter Road Safety Imperative as the Fogs Descend

Foggy road
Foggy road

Northern Tasmania is no stranger to fog.

Due to the high incidence of moisture in the air, the Tamar Valley is particularly prone to the weather phe­nomenon and – as over­night temperatures drop – heavy fogs are becoming more frequent in the Tamar Valley region, increasing the risk of road accidents and endangering wildlife.

But with the fogs taking longer to clear in the morn­ings and descending earlier at night, motorists generally have no choice but to brave the inclement weather. So, what can drivers do to pro­tect the safety of themselves and others?

Tasmania Police recom­mend that drivers in re­duced visibility conditions:

– Be alert at all times, pay attention to road warning signs that display hazardous conditions.

– Drive with head­lights or park lights on at times of poor visibility.

– Ensure your vehi­cle is roadworthy and tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated.

– Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Your stopping distance will need to be increased if the road is icy.

– If visibility is limited so that drivers cannot see the edges of the road or other vehicles at a reasonable distance, pull over and wait for visibility to improve.

Road rules introduced by Transport Tasmania in 2009 require that fog lights must not be in use unless driving in fog or other reduced visibility conditions such as mist or heavy rain. It is recommended that, when driving in fog, drivers do not use their lights on high beam as this can make it more difficult to see the road. Using lights on low beam and utilising fog lights will keep the road il­luminated and cut through the immediate fog.

As for protecting Tasmania’s wildlife, The Tamar Valley Roadkill Initiative advises the following precautions:

– The most import­ant thing that you can do is reduce your speed in wildlife zones, especially between dawn and dusk. Reducing your speed by 20 kph will reduce the chance of impact by 50%. You will also have a better chance of avoiding a collision and the animal will have more time to move away.

– Watch for features like steep banks that can cut off an animal’s escape.

– Be aware that wildlife will be attracted to roads that run close to or cross rivers, creeks, and other waterways.

Driving to the conditions, utilising common sense, caution, and consideration for other motorists and wildlife can assist in reduc­ing the number of accidents on Tasmanian roads.

Road warnings regarding inclement weather conditions and emergency road closures can be found through Tasmania Police at:

For more information re­garding the Tamar Valley Roadkill Initiative can be found via the Wildcare website at, via their face­book page, or contact them directly at manag­

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