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ACC Tips For A Safe Queens Birthday Weekend On The Roads

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ACC Tips For A Safe Queens Birthday Weekend On The Roads

Every public holiday many New Zealanders die or are seriously injured on our roads. Following these simple safety tips will help keep you and your family safe. Two common causes are going too fast for the conditions and driver fatigue.

Avoid driver fatigue Plan ahead: Get plenty of sleep before you drive and plan where you're going to have your breaks. You are more likely to be fatigued if you're driving when you would normally be asleep. Plan to share the driving if you can and allow time for stops every two hours.

Know the warning signs of fatigue: Early signs - yawning, slow reactions, tired/sore eyes and unintended changes to speed are signs of driver fatigue. If you can't swap drivers, have a 20 minute 'power nap' to boost energy and concentration levels. Signs of extreme fatigue - if you notice your eyes are drooping, you've missed road signs or you find you've drifted on the road - you've probably been asleep at the wheel and you need to stop driving.

Take action: Take a break and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and alert, rather than caffeinated drinks. Eat fruit and healthy snacks, and avoid the foods that contribute to fatigue such as fatty and sugary foods.

Drive to the conditions Going slower than the speed limit helps you keep safe if the weather is bad. Slow down: in rain, snow and ice. This give you longer to stop after you brake in fog or bright sun, which reduces your vision on narrow or winding roads, gravel surfaces and around road works. and be ready to for the unexpected around cyclists, sports grounds, shopping malls and where there are lots of pedestrians about. Child restraints Make sure your child is properly restrained, in an appropriate restraint for their age and size and that it is fitted correctly in the vehicle.

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