Safe driving tips

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The safety of our members off the beach is just as important to us at Surf Life Saving. A large number of you will spend a lot of time on the roads this season, whether it's traveling long distance, to-and-from events, or to your local patrols so please take care out there and check out these tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

• Don't drive while tired. Sleep is a killer on the roads!
• Avoid driving very early in the morning and late at night when the body is not at peak alertness.
• Don't drive alone - have people you can swap with and can make sure you stay alert.
• Swap drivers every 100km - be disciplined on this.
• Stop for a proper break at least once every 200km.
• If weather conditions make travel marginal (e.g. high winds with trailers) - then don't travel.
• Make sure trailers are not overloaded, loads are secure, are registered and have a current WOF with working lights/brakes etc.
• Make sure your car is registered and holds a current WOF. Check your cars state before taking a trip, e.g. tire pressure, window washer liquid, lights.
• Plan ahead - if you need secure storage to allow an overnight stop on the way then allow enough planning time to find it.
• Extend your vision - the earlier you spot a potential hazard, the more time you will have to take evasive action.
• Keep your eyes moving - as well as looking ahead, you should also use mirrors to look to the sides and behind often enough to be aware of surroundings traffic.
• Create a safety cushion - make sure there is a safe distance in all directions between you, other vehicles and potential hazards.
• Don't get distracted.
• Identify escape routes - be ready to take quick evasive action if required.
• Ideally have a club policy on driving to events and that everyone knows about it.

For more information, visit the NZTA website