Police and the NZ Transport Agency are undertaking a combined operation to raise awareness about the increased risks associated with winter driving.
Operation Hōtoke (winter) is aimed at drivers heading to and from ski fields around the country and will focus on the heightened risks on alpine roads during the ski season.
These risks include people driving while fatigued or affected by alcohol, not wearing seatbelts, driving at unsafe speeds and failing to adjust to winter conditions.
A child killed or injured in a car accident is a tragedy still all too common on New Zealand roads - but the anguish suffered by parents whose child has been injured because they were belted in wrongly can be even worse.
So says Dr Mike Shepherd, Starship Hospital's director of child health (medical and community) whose colleagues see the grievous head and abdominal injuries suffered by children either not belted in or, even more tragically, belted in by caring parents who strapped them in wrongly.
Consider the modern car engines with its advance toward improved performance, reliability and built-in wear-resistance. But this can soon be destroyed by, for example, an owner running his-or-her engine with dirty oil, or clogged filters.
Rising insurance claims are set to push up the cost of car insurance, with one insurer warning that double digit increases will be on the cards
Mazda New Zealand says at this stage they are aware of 11,300 vehicles in New Zealand that could be affected by a recall.
The models in question are Mazda 2,3 and 6 that were purchased between September 2007 and March 2012.
Young drivers aren’t alone in behaving badly on U.S. roads, a trend that could be contributing to a spike in highway deaths there.
Well over half of drivers in every age group have texted behind the wheel, run a red light or driven faster than the speed limit in the last 30 days, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.Younger drivers are the worst offenders.
A crash test video comparison between cars built 20 years apart demonstrates dramatically the improvements made in car safety over that time.
Carmakers looking to lock in a five-star safety score ahead of significantly stricter requirements are racing to book cars in for crash testing before 2018.
By AA Motoring
Knowing when to change your car is always a hot discussion topic among AA members. Stories vary and individual situations can get complex.
Typically, its things such as a car’s age, mileage and reliability that we associate with the need for a change, but other signs may crop up, suggesting that it’s a good time for you and your car to part ways.
As New Zealand's driving population ages, police are calling on families to be vigilant and step in and stop elderly loved ones who might pose a risk on the roads.
Figures released to Fairfax Media by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) under the Official Information Act show rising numbers of older drivers hold a full licence in New Zealand.
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