DUCKS might be the only things that thrive in Ballarat’s wintry weather — but they’ve never had to drive in it.
While it wasn’t a downpour, a near constant drizzle over the weekend soaked the city’s roads, with 10.4mm falling in Ballarat to 5pm last night.
This created slippery conditions across the district, prompting police to remind motorists to ensure their vehicles are adequately maintained during the winter months.
On Saturday, police were kept busy with minor crashes, including one at the intersection of Peel and Eastwood streets and another on the corner of Sturt and Talbot streets.
The causes of the collisions are still being investigated, but police say the weekend’s wet weather has provided a timely reminder for drivers to take responsibility for their vehicle.
Ballarat Highway Patrol Sergeant Stuart Gale said in wet conditions, motorists should keep mindful of other road users.
“People should remember to drive to the conditions and drive for everyone else on the road,” he said.
“This means that even if you’ve got right-of-way, keen an eye on the vehicles around you so you know what’s happening at all times."
Sergeant Gale said wet roads meant it was essential for vehicle owners to check and re-check their tyres, lights and brakes.
“The key is to drive to the conditions,” he said.
“Even though the posted speed limit might be 50km/h, the conditions might mean that drivers have to slow down further.”