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Storm may make weekend driving dangerous

Storm may make weekend driving dangerous

The NZ Transport Agency is warning driving conditions throughout the South Island may be difficult this Sunday with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi expected to sweep across the island.

The Transport Agency’s Journey Manager Lee Wright says rain and wind could make conditions challenging for all road users. “It may be a dangerous and difficult for travel on Sunday and people will need to plan carefully for safe journeys.”

Ms Wright says there are a number of things people can do to keep safe if they do have to travel.

“It is important to drive to the conditions. Reduce driving speeds below the legal limit and increase following distances – vehicles need two to three times more stopping distance in wet weather.”

Ms Wright says care will also be needed in those areas exposed to strong winds and drivers need to be alert to surface flooding and fallen trees and debris.

“People should always expect the unexpected, especially if they are travelling at night on country roads where there is minimal lighting. The South Island has a number of remote areas with difficult topography and winding roads, and these journeys become even more challenging when bad weather hits.

“We ask drivers to watch their speeds on corners, and remain vigilant for slips, debris and the higher risk of vehicles losing control in these conditions.”

The Transport Agency will be working with local authorities and emergency services to keep roads open and safe for travellers.

Electronic signs will be used to keep road users informed of conditions ahead.

For updates on state highway conditions and hazards freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or visit the website: www.highwayinfo.govt.nz

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