Even the new leader of the opposition (and previously Transport Minister) admits at times slow drivers frustrate him. It is a very, very common complaint at our courses.
It’s easy to sympathise. But should we?
Drivers are encouraged to drive to the conditions, and these vary markedly across the country and by the hour. I was passed recently by vehicles on Auckland’s motorway driving in deluge (24mm in 30 minutes) at 100kph! Crazy, madness in such conditions. There were obvious signs of vehicles aquaplaning, drivers either indifferent or unknowing about what was happening to their vehicles. I got off the motorway choosing a slower, safer route. Why take the risk?
But many drivers do, we have a high accident rate in NZ because we are impatient, intolerant, and overconfident drivers.
On many of our roads whilst the speed limit (Maximum) may be 100kmh that speed is not a safe driving speed. It is just that part of road has never been assessed and had the limit adjusted. There is a national initiative to do just this and new signs are appearing designating new maximum speeds.
On many of these side roads or secondary roads we should all drive at what we consider a safe speed, however that speed would be different for most of us.
We need to respect other drivers right to drive at what they consider a safe speed.
The Road Code states “You may drive slower than the speed limit shown, but you must be considerate towards any vehicles behind you.”
That does not mean pulling over and stopping just because a car is tailgating!
If we can help you keep your teams safe, then contact us, or book you team onto our defensive driver training days, where they can have a chance to improve their driving skills and reconsider their attitude to driving on the roads.
Make Zero accidents a target for your team for 2018! Make our roads a safer place to be for everyone.
Safe Journeys Strategy
Despite substantial progress over the last 30 years, New Zealand still lags behind many other countries in road safety. Every year, hundreds are killed on our roads and nearly 2,900 people are seriously injured . Approximately 13,000 New Zealanders suffer minor injuries as a result of road crashes. We also know that the level of road death and injury suffered by our young people is especially high.
These numbers reflect lives lost and ruined in what are mostly preventable crashes, but they do not show the effect of these crashes on families, the wider community and the health system. Road crashes can also have an economic impact – the annual social cost of crashes is estimated to be $3.8 billion. (Source Safe Journeys Strategy)
Safe Journeys Strategy includes:
Under a Safe System, responsibility is shared between road users and system designers. So, for example:
- road controlling authorities have to design, build and maintain roads and manage speeds to protect responsible road users
- the vehicle industry has to provide safe vehicles and be socially responsible when marketing vehicles to consumers
- central and local governments have to inform and educate New Zealanders about road safety issues; they need to provide effective road safety regulation and adequately fund road safety; they also have a responsibility to integrate safety into decisions about land use
- road users have to take steps to increase their safety, such as complying with road rules, buying the safest car they can afford and being unimpaired by alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction
- employers have to ensure their corporate policy and practice supports a positive road safety culture based on a Safe System approach.
National Advanced Drivers School can assist with implementation of corporate policy by providing Defensive Driver training. Contact us if you would like to discuss ways to support you implement a Safe System approach.