Winter Driving

June through to August offer the highest winter driving condition risks, but being a little prepared can get you on the road and safely to your destination.

Follow these 10 simple tips to keep the wheels turning during the coming winter months.

  1. Drive to the winter conditions, allow enough time to reach your destination.
  2. Allow a greater distance between you and the vehicle you are following on frosty, foggy and wet days, It takes longer to stop in icy conditions.
  3. Avoid braking and turning suddenly.
  4. Dip your lights if it’s foggy, raining or snowing.
  5. Carry chains you know how to fit, especially when you’re travelling through the passes.
  6. Carry a warm coat and extra water in the car, just in case you get stuck on the side of the road.
  7. Try to plan your travel in daylight when road conditions are a little better.
  8. Keep your vehicle road worthy and well maintained.
  9. Drive slower in winter conditions.
  10. 10 Tune into the local radio for road condition updates or visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

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