In the last five years, there have been ten fatal road accidents in the Taupo District caused by poor judgement and/or poor observation.
Keeping your mind on the task
Driving requires your complete attention. You need to keep control of your vehicle at the same time as maintaining an awareness of your surroundings and potential hazards.
There are many causes of inattention while driving, including:
- mobile phones
- music devices such as radios, CDs and iPods
- driver information screens and GPS devices
- food and drink
- other passengers
Avoiding driver distraction
- Switch mobile phones off when driving. It is illegal to send or receive text messages or calls on hand-held mobile phones while driving.
- Make sure your car's windscreen and mirrors are clean and adjust all of the controls (including radio/stereo) before setting off, or pull over safely to do so.
- If you're unfamiliar with the route, check on a map before starting the journey or have someone read out directions. If you need to look at the map, safely pull over to the roadside.
- Take regular breaks rather than eating, drinking or smoking while driving.
- Ask passengers to be quiet if you're having difficulty concentrating.