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
- 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
- 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
- Don't get distracted.
- Identify escape routes - be ready to take quick evasive action
- Ideally have a club policy on driving to events and that
everyone knows about it.