Conquering Winter Roads: Top Tips for Safe Driving in New Zealand

Conquering Winter Roads: Top Tips for Safe Driving in New Zealand

20 May 2024 Looking After Your Car

Driving in New Zealand during winter
Driving in New Zealand during winter

Winter throws some curveballs at Kiwi drivers. From frosty mornings to surprise downpours, navigating the roads requires extra caution and preparation. At Enterprise Cars, we want your winter journeys to be safe and smooth.

Plan for the Unexpected:

  • Pack an Emergency Kit: Include essentials like blankets, a torch, warm clothes, a first-aid kit, non-perishable snacks, a phone charger, and a portable car charger.
  • Program Emergency Numbers: Have important contact information readily available, such as roadside assistance, the national emergency number (111), and local ambulance services (dial 111 and ask for ambulance service).

Get Your Car Winter-Ready:

  • See Clearly, Drive Safely: Ensure your headlights, taillights, and brake lights are functioning properly. Replace worn wiper blades and top up your washer fluid with a winter-appropriate mix.
  • Defrost Thoroughly: Before setting off, give yourself ample time to clear all windows, mirrors, and lights of frost, ice, or snow. Avoid using hot water on the windshield, as it can potentially crack.
  • Winterize Your Tires: Have your tire pressure checked and adjusted to the manufacturer's recommendations for winter conditions. Consider switching to winter tires if you're driving in areas with frequent snow or ice.

Navigate Winter Roads with Confidence:

  • Mind the Gap: Increase following distances significantly to give yourself ample time to react to sudden stops.
  • Shift Down Early: When approaching hills or downgrades, shift down to a lower gear to improve engine braking and reduce reliance on the brakes.
  • Know Your Limits: Don't attempt to drive through heavy snow or icy conditions if you're not comfortable. It's always better to err on the side of caution.
  • Use Your Headlights: Turn on your headlights during the day in low-visibility conditions like fog or snow. This helps you see and be seen by other drivers.

Remember: If you encounter heavy snow or treacherous conditions, prioritize safety. Pull over to a safe location and wait for the weather to improve before continuing your journey.

Enterprise Cars is Here for You! Whether you need a reliable car for winter errands or a rugged SUV for snowy adventures, we have a wide range of vehicles to suit your needs. Visit us today to find your perfect winter driving companion.


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