Holiday road safety information
The Ministry of Transport will be updating crash data throughout the break and you can find it on the right hand side of their home page at www.transport.govt.nz. Further background and historical crash data for the holiday period can be found here: http://www.transport.govt.nz/
As always, the best source for real-time traffic information during the holidays is www.highwayinfo.govt.nz. You can also sign up to one of our national or regional social media channels at: https://nzta.govt.nz/contact-
The Transport Agency has also crunched some data from previous holiday periods to compile a list of likely holiday congestion hotspots to help drivers plan ahead to avoid the queues.
If the boss does give you a few days off during the break, or if you’re hitting the road while on the job, please also keep yourself safe and follow our ‘top tips’ below for a safe holiday journey.
Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday on behalf of the NZ Transport Agency.
Drive safely, we want you here for Christmas
The message from NZ Police and the NZ Transport Agency to road users this year is simple – drive safely, we want you here for Christmas.
Plan ahead. Get your vehicle checked before you head out, plan to avoid peak traffic where you can and give yourself enough time to take plenty of rest or sightseeing breaks along the way. It’s your holiday after all, so why not make the journey an enjoyable part of it?
Drive to the conditions. This isn’t just about weather conditions—it’s about the road you’re on, the traffic, your vehicle and load, your speed, your following distance, and adjusting your driving for wet and windy conditions.
Watch out for fatigue. Long trips are tiring and fatigue can be deadly behind the wheel. Get a good night’s sleep beforehand, plan in advance where you’ll take breaks along the way, and be aware of any medication you’re taking that might affect your driving.
Keep your cool. Holiday driving can be frustrating with busy roads, stifling heat and restless kids in the car. So please, be courteous and patient while on the roads. Don’t get provoked by other drivers’ aggressive behaviour, and wait to overtake until you get to a passing lane or can see enough clear road ahead of you to do it safely. And be sure to take enough games, books, DVDs or electronics to keep the kids occupied along the way.
Buckle up. Don’t let your family holiday be marred by tragedy simply because someone didn’t buckle up. If you’re the driver, you are legally responsible for making sure all passengers under the age of 15 are securely restrained with either a safety belt or child restraint. Children must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint until their 7th birthday.
Don’t drink and drive. The
alcohol limit for adult drivers is now lower, and your
judgement and reaction times begin to deteriorate after even
one drink. Keep it simple – if you’re going to drink,