Drive to the conditions: Police

While the rain is bringing some much needed relief to parts of the Waikato it’s also causing havoc on the roads.

Road policing manager Inspector Freda Grace says on Tuesday evening there were 11 crashes on Waikato roads, with two resulting in motorists suffering serious injuries.

The first crash occurred on Cobham drive in Hamilton involving a van and two other vehicles.

“It appears a van has lost control on the northern corner exiting the bridge and has crashed into two vehicles, injuring the driver of the van and a driver in the other vehicle hit,” says Freda.

“A very short time later a single vehicle crash on Gordonton Road left the driver of that vehicle seriously injured.”

While today there’s been 15 crashes across the district between 9am to 1pm. Most were due to loss of control as motorists were not driving to the weather conditions.

Freda says as the weather changes your following distances need to increase from the two second rule to at least the four second rule in bad weather.

“Ensuring that your windscreen wipers are working correctly is also important to ensure you have the best visibility.

Driving to the conditions is not just about the weather, it’s about making sure we as drivers and our vehicles are also fit for the conditions,” she says.


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