Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Motorists urged to stay off the roads

15 August 2011

Motorists urged to stay off the roads

Drivers appear to be heeding advice to stay off the roads as snow falls across the country, with the AA breakdown service reporting fewer than normal call outs in the South Island.

“Our advice to motorists when it is snowing is always stay off the road unless you absolutely have to drive, and it seems as if people are taking that approach,” says AA Motoring Affairs General Manager Mike Noon.

“Driving on snowy or icy roads is extremely treacherous even if you have a four-wheel-drive. Vehicles can lose their grip on the road very easily and once they start sliding it can be next to impossible to get them back under control. If your vehicle starts to skid on a patch of ice it is best to lightly push on the brakes a couple of times. Braking heavily is likely to put the car more out of control.

“Drivers should take particular care in the early morning or evening when wet roads can ice up and if possible avoid being on the road at these times.”

The AA recommends that drivers should double their following distance from two to four seconds, reduce their speeds and make sure they can see and be seen as well as possible.

If it is gloomy or raining, drivers should turn on their headlights during the day but not put them on beam as this can be blinding to other vehicles. Vehicles with fog lights should also only use these in fog. Using fog lights in normal conditions, even at night, can be dazzling and distracting for other drivers.

The AA’s final advice is for motorists going on longer journeys to be prepared in case they do not make it to their destination by having a fully charged cellphone, a blanket and warm clothes and some snacks in the car.

“If you get stranded, like about 100 people did on the Rimutaka Hill Road between Wellington and the Wairarapa on Sunday night, stay in your vehicle and wait for help,” says Mr Noon.

Drivers should also check for road closures before departing on a trip. Information can be found on the AA’s website: http://aaroadwatch.co.nz

The website has been extremely busy and anyone unable to access the site should wait for a brief period then try again.

Road closure information is also available on the phone by calling one of the following numbers:

• AA Members: 0800 500 444
• Non AA members: 0900 932 834


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels