Posted by NZTA on 12/03/2014
Motorists travelling around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region are being urged to take care as heavy rain is expected this weekend.
The Transport Agency says drivers need to take extreme care as roads surfaces can be very slippery after a long dry spell.
Throughout the recent dry spell, dust, dirt, oil and other debris builds up on the road surface during dry spells and when it rains, it can make driving conditions slippery and dangerous when rain comes. Conditions are at the worst in the first few hours of rain, and light rain is more of a challenge than a heavy downpour, says the Transport Agency.
In poor weather drivers need to change their driving habits and respect the conditions. That means reducing their driving speed below the legal limit and increasing following distances as vehicles need two to three times more stopping distance in wet weather. Drivers are urged to also take it easy on corners.