Courtesy goes a long way

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Maybe man­ners hold the key to im­prov­ing the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of Auck­lan­ders.

In an ef­fort to cut down crashes and delays on Auck­land’s busy mo­tor­way net­work the New Zealand Trans­port Agency’s Auck­land Mo­tor­way Al­liance has launched a cam­paign urg­ing mo­torists to re­mem­ber their man­ners when driv­ing.

The cam­paign fo­cuses on four key mes­sages for mo­tor­way driv­ers: Merg­ing, chang­ing lanes, and not us­ing a mo­bile phone or tex­ting while driv­ing.

Auck­land state high­ways man­ager Tommy Parker says the mes­sages aim to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­mem­ber their ‘‘mo­tor­way man­ners’’ when they drive on the 240 kilo­me­tres of Auck­land’s net­work.

‘‘The num­ber of ve­hi­cle trips on our net­work av­er­ages around 900,000 ev­ery day. We have 2500 crashes an­nu­ally – five fa­tal. Good driver be­hav­iour is crit­i­cal and re­mind­ing ev­ery­one of small yet cru­cial things they can do to im­prove safety is im­por­tant.’’

The cam­paign in­cludes bill­boards lo­cated at 20 mo­tor­way on­ramps with mes­sages to raise driver aware­ness of safer driv­ing.

The mes­sages are merge like a zip, use in­di­ca­tors while chang­ing lanes, drive phone-free and drive now text later.

Mr Parker says that as well as life-threat­en­ing crashes poor be­hav­iour on the mo­tor­ways can cause sig­nif­i­cant delays.

‘‘If bad driv­ing man­ners force other ve­hi­cles to sud­denly brake or change speed abruptly, the risk of nose-to-tail crashes in­creases and cause not only in­juries but dis­rup­tion and con­ges­tion that can de­lay peo­ple and freight.’’


Man­ners cru­cial: The Auck­land Mo­tor­way Al­liance says good driver be­hav­iour is crit­i­cal.

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