With many areas across New Zealand expected to be hit by severe weather over the next couple of days, the NZ Transport Agency is reminding all road users to take extra care.
Transport Agency contractors have prepared for the severe weather event by checking all flood prone areas and ensuring the availability of extra staff.
Transport Agency Highways Manager, Niclas Johansson, says road users should plan ahead, check weather and road conditions before they travel.
“Simple guidelines for travelling in wet weather include ensuring your vehicle is safe, always driving to the road and weather conditions, allowing more time for your travel, slowing down, being prepared for unexpected hazards and allowing greater following distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
“The room for mistakes is reduced when road and weather conditions are less favourable, and we don’t want anyone’s mistake to end in an avoidable tragedy.
“Most important though is to plan your journey, check weather and road conditions, choose the safest route if you have the option and if possible avoid travelling in extreme weather and road conditions.
“With the weather that is predicted, including heavy rainfall and strong winds, be prepared for challenging driving conditions, possible road closures and detours. Road closures and restrictions are put in place for your protection and other road users, so please observe these,” Mr Johansson says.
If you plan to travel to popular spots such as the Bay of Plenty or Coromandel over Easter make sure that you have sufficient food, water and medical supplies and be prepared for slips on the road and delays as we work to clear them.
Current weather related road updates:
Visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link) for the latest updates on current closures and lane closures.
Motorists can get real time information from:
For Waikato/Bay of Plenty updates: