New Zealand is known for a lot of things – winning America’s Cup, Lorde and weather changing to extremes within a day. Sometimes storms hit the country with little warning, which means you should prepare before you find yourself on an icy, wet, or snowbound road. Below are 10 things you can do to keep safe on the roads in snow.
- An obvious one, but before you leave make sure you check the weather forecast and road conditions.
- Consider if you really need to travel, especially if the weather is particularly bad. If you have to travel, allow extra time for travelling.
- Dress for the conditions, carry additional clothes to keep you warm and have a survival kit in your vehicle in case you do get stuck.
- Make sure your car is ready for the road – keep at least half a tank of fuel in case of an emergency.
- Choose safety over convenience when deciding which route to take.
- Keep greater following distances on frosty and wet days.
- Accelerate smoothly and break gently
- Make sure you are using a high gear when travelling uphill and a lower one downhill.
- Drive with your lights dipped for increased safety.
- Be extra careful on bridges as they could stay slippery longer than other road surfaces, so slow down when crossing.
Want more safety tips? You can find more here.