Stay safe on the roads

Whangarei Report - - OPINION -

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

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