Play your Part in Road Safety

It’s that time of the year when weather conditions can affect visibility for road users and extra care is needed to ensure we keep ourselves and others safe.

Sunstrike can occur at any time of the day, but is particularly prevalent during peak hours, especially for drivers heading eastbound in the morning and westbound in the afternoon.  Combine this with dirty windows and it’s a recipe for trouble. 20210421 - Sun Strike

In the last ten years in the Waimakariri district there have been 58 crashes where sunstrike or fog were factors. Two of these crashes resulted in deaths and 9 others were seriously injured.

To reduce the risk of sunstrike:

  • Keep your windscreen clean, inside and out. Dust and grime on the windscreen can make the effects of sunstrike much worse.
  • Wear sunglasses when driving with the sun in your eyes.
  • Use your car’s sun visors to block the sun.
  • If you experience sunstrike, it may be best to pull over and wait for a few minutes until your eyes adjust or visibility improves.

All road users need to think about how visible they are to other road users.  For cyclists and pedestrians, we encourage the use of bright or high visibility or reflective clothing to ensure you stand out against the background, particularly when sunstrike or fog is present.

Driving in fog can also affect visibility and while you may be able to see where you are going, others may not see you as clearly or as quickly as they normally would.

To reduce the risk in fog:

  • Turn your headlights on (don’t use high beam as the light will reflect back at you)
  • Use your front fog lights if you have them (switch them off when visibility improves)
  • Keep your windscreen clean – turn on the demister or open the windows to keep it clear

Where visibility is affected by weather conditions, remember to reduce your speed.  This allows you extra time to react should something unexpected occur.

Everyone has a part to play in road safety – are you doing your bit?