Summer driving tips from TPP

Ivan WilsonIvan Wilson Tutor  –  Road Safety Co-ordinator, Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Before you get behind the wheel these summer holidays, check out our summer driving tips.

  • Plan your journey; give yourself time to make the trip without rushing.
  • Check your car is road safe; don’t forget to fill your window washing fluid, water, oil and fuel.  Check your spare is in the boot!
  • Handy items to take on your journey include: a first aid kit, torch, emergency blanket, jacket, wet wipes, tissues, power pack and jumper leads.
  • Pack your car well. Don’t overload your car and ensure everything is tied down.
  • Buckle up and ensure children are in the right seat.
  • Share driving, take regular breaks and if you do get tired take a power nap – it could save you.
  • Stay hydrated; sip water and don’t forget the snacks.
  • Observe the speed limits, drive to the conditions and keep a safe following distance.
  • Sunstrike will become an issue in the early morning and later in the day.  Remember your sunnies and sunscreen! 
  • Don’t drink and drive; have a safe option.

Remain focused on the drive so you’ll be ready to spot hazards before they morph into something serious.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas from TPP!

Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers a range of trades programmes including: Driver Education, Automotive, Carpentry, Engineering and Agriculture. 

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