Drivers crashing in the wet around Tauranga
Drivers are not driving to the conditions and are crashing on Tauranga roads, says police.
In the last two weeks, every time it has rained at least five to 10 crashes have been reported to Western Bay of Plenty Police.
Almost all of these crashes have been caused by drivers not driving to the conditions, says Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson.
Western Bay of Plenty Police would like to remind motorists to drive to the conditions and stay safe on the road.
Police will be running a ‘Wet Roads’ operation for two weeks, starting this Wednesday.
Craig reminds drivers that they need to adjust and drive to the conditions when the road is wet, by increasing following distances (using the ‘four second rule’) and slowing down.
“Doing this allows for the road being more slippery when wet and will get you to where you are going safely.
“Drivers are also asked to check their vehicles, including tyre tread depth and condition.
“Worn and damaged tyres will significantly increase stopping distances.
“Also check and replace worn windscreen wipers, so you can see sufficiently ahead of you.”
During the operation Police will focus on the enforcement of following distances, speed, and vehicle condition, moving to multiple sites across Western Bay of Plenty.