Stay safe on the roads
Spring is well and truly here with its mix of sunshine and showers which mean those long summer road trips are just around the corner.
While you are travelling on Northland’s roads remember to drive to those changing spring weather conditions. Plan your journey, keep a safe distance, take rest breaks and share the driving if possible.
Smoking in cars creates a driver distraction, the acts of looking for, reaching for, even rolling a cigarette and then lighting cigarettes can cause the driver to be distracted. A burning cigarette that has fallen into a driver’s lap can lead to panic like reactions.
If you have your children in the car with you, and you are a smoker, we encourage you to make the journey a smokefree one. Remember that our children are especially vulnerable to second-hand smoke and they are not able to move away from the smoke in your car. Even if it is warm enough, opening or winding down the window, will not remove all the poisons in secondhand smoke.
Driving is a complex task and road surfaces are often uneven, so both hands should be on the steering wheel while driving. As a driver distraction smoking in cars can be compared to using a cell phone while driving.
_ Gillian Archer Roadsafe Northland