The Bureau of Meteorology has a severe weather warning current for heavy rain across Victoria. Widespread flooding is likely from Friday onwards.
Across the next three days 100-200mm of rain is expected in most areas and up to 300mm in the North East.
VicRoads reminds all road users of the importance of taking extreme care in difficult driving conditions.
When the bad weather arrives consider whether your travel is essential as some roads may close and areas of the region could be cut off. Consider your needs now, stock up on essentials before the bad weather arrives.Only travel if it is absolutely essential.
If you do have to drive there are some simple steps to improve road safety:
- Wet weather should be a prompt for you to slow down on the roads and drive to the conditions.
- 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.
- Slow down and leave a greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.
- Turn your headlights on.
- Be alert for other road users who may be difficult to see, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.
- If the rain is too heavy for your wipers to cope, the best course of action is to pull over and wait until visibility
- Make sure your car is safe and in a roadworthy condition – in particular, check tyres, windscreen wipers and brake
- Most importantly – be patient.
If you see any problems on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70 (open24/7).
In an emergency call Triple Zero (000).
For the latest information visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.