The pressure of Christmas and New Year plans puts pressure on drivers. More people hit the roads to escape to the bach or do that last minute Christmas shop. The holiday period can often lead to absent minded driving, speeding and even drunk driving.
ACC General Manager Keith McLea says road safety is doubly important over this period with everyone in holiday mode.
“Make sure you make it through the Christmas period alive and well. There are very simply tips for staying alive.”
Last year in the Bay of Plenty region, 150 people were injured on the roads and 31 people were injured from motorcycle accidents.
There are some very easy tips to follow to make sure this holiday isn’t your last.
• Don’t drive tired. Have plenty of rest before driving, and also drink water and take regular breaks.
• Keep your focus on driving, not the scenery or the interesting conversation others in the car are having. Be alert around pedestrians and other road users.
• Make sure everyone always wears a seat belt, and check that child restraints are correctly fitted.
• Drive to the conditions. Keep your speed down, and keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front. Be patient in heavy holiday traffic
• Never drink and drive.
• The holidays are also an ideal time to improve young drivers’ skills. ACC and the New Zealand Transport Agency have developed Practice, a free online driving programme, to help learner drivers pass the restricted test. To find out more, visit www.practice.co.nz