Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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


Hit The Road Safely This Summer

We all want to get home safely this summer. So, if you’re heading home for Christmas, or bouncing between beaches, baches, and festivals, take extra care behind the wheel.

That’s the message from Travel Safe as people across Tauranga and the Western Bay pack and prepare for their annual holiday road trip.

Travel Safe Team Leader, Sonia Lynds, says it’s been a big year and fatigue levels will be high.

“It often takes a couple of days to unwind and feel fresh after finishing work for the year, and it’s common for people to arrive at their destination exhausted,” says Sonia.

“Others will be driving tired too and roads will be busier than normal so be patient. Plan your trip, watch your following distance, and drive to the conditions - whether that’s the weather, the road you’re on, the time of day, or the extra traffic.”

Before heading off make sure your car is road ready. Check your WOF is current and ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and have enough tread. Check your indicators are working, top up your wiper fluid, and get the windows, windscreen and mirrors nice and clean.

December and January are festival time across Aotearoa, as thousands of people make their way to, from, and between various events.

“People like to celebrate and party at this time of year. We just want to make sure everyone makes good decisions,” says Sonia.

“It goes without saying that you should always wear your seatbelt and drive sober. If you have overindulged or under slept the night before consider staying an extra night or delay driving.”

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Over the next three months Travel Safe will be sharing some important safety messages for local drivers and cyclists as part of the We All Want To Get Home Safely campaign.

Visit for more and have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National Passing Bad Policies Under Urgency

If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold in contempt.
For example: Under urgency, the government has decided to index benefit increases in future to inflation, rather than to wages...

Government: Budget Will Be Delivered On 30 May

Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence, and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, says Nicola Willis. More

Government: Ministers Reaffirm Pacific Connections

Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti reaffirmed the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands, & Samoa. More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said. More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.