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Drivers urged to be aware of summer ice

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The NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers in Waikato and Bay of Plenty to be aware over the next week of potentially hazardous ‘summer ice’ on the region’s roads.

“There is some rain forecast across the region, and after an extended run of very hot summer days we may start to experience slippery road surfaces, otherwise known as summer ice,” says NZ Transport Agency Regional System Manager Rob Campbell.

“Even a very small amount of light rain can make the roads very slippery. In fact, it can be more hazardous than heavy rain because grime and exhaust particles that have built up on the road take longer to be washed away.

“The combination of light rain and summer grime creates a slippery film on the road,” says Mr Campbell.

“We advise anyone who is driving in the rain or on a damp road over the next week to take extreme care. The slippery film on the surface of the road is invisible, so don’t assume it’s not there just because you can’t see it.

“We ask that drivers keep safe in these conditions by increasing their following distances, reducing their speeds and taking extra care.”

Mr Campbell also urged drivers to check the tread level and air pressure on their tyres.

“Properly inflated tyres with good treads are always a must for safe travel, but even more so in wet or slippery conditions.”

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