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Wet weather expected in Waikato and Bay of Plenty region

12 March 2014

Wet weather expected in Waikato and Bay of Plenty region - drivers take care

The NZ Transport Agency is urging motorists travelling around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region to take care as heavy rain is expected at the weekend.

The Transport Agency says drivers need to take extreme care as roads surfaces can be very slippery after a long dry spell.

Throughout the recent dry spell, dust, dirt, oil and other debris builds up on the road surface during dry spells and when it rains, it can make driving conditions slippery and dangerous when rain comes. Conditions are at the worst in the first few hours of rain, and light rain is more of a challenge than a heavy downpour, says the Transport Agency.

In poor weather drivers need to change their driving habits and respect the conditions. That means reducing their driving speed below the legal limit and increasing following distances as vehicles need two to three times more stopping distance in wet weather. Drivers are urged to also take it easy on corners.

Also before heading out on the road, the Transport Agency advises drivers to check the latest highway conditions and check the traffic cams online so they’re armed with the best information to help them on their journey.

The Transport Agency’s website is regularly updated with information about most delays, closures and detours at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic.

The Transport Agency would like to apologise to motorists for any inconvenience and thanks them for their patience while this important work is being undertaken.

For up-to-date state highway travel information visit www.highwayinfo.govt.nz or phone the Transport Agency's 0800 4 HIGHWAYS information line to get the latest updates or to report incidents or hazards on the state highways. Alternatively people you can sign-up via www.onthemove.govt.nz to receive free email alerts designed to inform you before you start your journey about notable incidents, road conditions or roadworks on the state highway network.

For more information please visit www.nzta.govt.nz


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