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MTA Urges Motorists To Plan Ahead Drive Safely

Mta Urges All Motorists To Plan Ahead And Drive Safely

PRESS RELEASE FROM Motor Trade Association (MTA)

DATE 20 December 2002 (for immediate release)


MTA URGES ALL MOTORISTS TO PLAN AHEAD AND DRIVE SAFELY
THIS CHRISTMAS

Despite the fact that there are now more cars on the road than ever, New Zealand’s road toll continues to decline. To date this year there have been 382 fatalities on our roads, compared with 425 this time last year and 438 in 2000.

The reason for this reduction can be attributed to a number of factors, such as the effectiveness of LTSA’s road safety campaigns and the increased on-road presence of police highway patrol vehicles, which has resulted in a drop in average speeds. In addition the quality of vehicles has improved, as has the consistency of Warrant of Fitness standards, contributing to vehicle safety.

While road deaths in New Zealand reached a record low last year, a spate of serious crashes in December resulted in 59 deaths - the worst December for five years. As the holiday season approaches, the Motor Trade Association reminds all motorists to ensure they plan ahead.

One of the key factors in maintaining the highest level of road safety is to ensure your vehicle is in a safe operating condition. At open road speeds a minor mechanical fault can quickly become a major and potentially fatal mishap. Before you leave for your holiday ensure your family’s safety by having your vehicle checked by your local Motor Trade Association (MTA) member – find the member nearest you on MTA’s website www.mta.org.nz.

Besides ensuring your vehicle is in a safe condition there are some other steps you can take to ensure your holiday drive is hassle free.

• Get a good night’s sleep before you set off.
• Avoid long journeys between midnight and 6am, when your alertness is likely to be at a minimum.
• Don’t eat heavily before you set off. It makes you drowsy.
• Take a break every two hours. If you feel sleepy, stop in a safe place. Take a nap or just rest.
• Traffic on state highways is (usually) faster than on other roads. You have less time to react: so use your mirrors often, and look much further ahead.
• Heavy summer traffic can delay your journey. Make sure passengers have drinks and snacks.
• Limit conversation: taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be highly dangerous.
• Keep children occupied with games, books etc.
• Don’t let children sleep on the back seat without a seatbelt, ensure all passengers are belted in at all times
• Wear a seatbelt yourself to set a good example (and because it’s against the law not to).

The Motor Trade Association wishes all motorists a safe and happy Christmas holiday.

ENDS

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