Safe Driving Tips

If driving to events or on holiday this summer below are some great tips for keeping yourself safe on the roads.  For more information check out http://www.police.govt.nz/ or www.nzta.govt.nz website.

  • 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.