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Drivers are urged to take care when travelling along SH1
Desert Road

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The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is reminding drivers heading along State Highway 1 on the Desert Road to take extreme care as more snow is forecast overnight.

NZTA’s state highway operations manager, Karen Boyt says wet and icy road conditions are expected with more snow and drivers should adjust their speed when travelling through the area.

“Driving is much more challenging when the road is slippery, travelling at a lower speed and ensuring greater travelling distance when following another vehicle will ensure you get to your destination safely.”

Ms Boyt says Desert Road is currently open, but with winter now upon us conditions change so drivers need to check before they set off on their journey.

“We have an 08004HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) free phone number drivers can call to find out if there are any delays, road closures or what the road conditions are like.  This information is also available on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic.  Drivers can also report any significant road issues or hazards on this phone number or via the website link.”

She says drivers should also check their vehicle before setting off to ensure it is safe for travelling on wet and icy road conditions.

“Check your tyres, brakes, windscreen wipers, lights and steering and ensure your vehicle has a current Warrant of Fitness.”

We also have another free service that drivers can subscribe to called On The Move which enables people to sign up for information about crashes, road works and driving conditions on routes they regularly use - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link).  

For more information please contact:

Glenda Dobbyn
Media Manager Waikato and Bay of Plenty region

T:    64 07 928 7908
M:   64 021 021 67217
E:glenda.dobbyn@nzta.govt.nz

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