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On most of our rural roads it's not safe to drive at 100km/h
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See the latest trends on crashes in the district.
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Curated videos about driver behaviour and education on various road safety topics
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Driving With Daniel Articles
Passing at passing lanes
November 9, 2018
Passing lanes are typical only one kilometre long. Travelling at 100km/h, will take 36 seconds to cover this distance.
Why slow drivers speed up at passing lanes
October 15, 2018
We all know the story. Drivers doing around 85-90km/h all the way, and when they get to a passing lane, they take off like a bat from hell. Consequently, you cannot catch up...
Airbags can kill
March 1, 2017
Research has shown that airbags when used in conjunction with seatbelts (safety belt) and headrests could reduce serious injuries or deaths by as much as thirty percent. The purpose of an airbag is to slow forward movement of the occupant down during a crash, to reduce injury.
Biggest risk 2018
June 18, 2018
It will never happen to me. This is a very common mind-set. We do not plan to crash. Then why are crashes so common? Everyone in the road safety industry asks this question. The answer may surprise you!
March 23, 2018
Some of you may have seen this warning as it circulated a while ago and has now resurfaced again.
Intoxication and driving
April 19, 2017
Here are the latest statistics on crashes that involved drink driving for South Canterbury for the 5 year period 2003-2007.
Inappropriate speeds - waging war on NZ roads
December 4, 2017
I read an article on Stuff under the heading “Waging war on NZ’s road toll” 1 December 2017. This article was about how the Associate Minister of Transport called a crisis meeting on how to stop the road deaths before the holiday period starts.
Life is not a race
May 24, 2017
Last week I drove to Hadlow Road to check on traffic counters that were put out earlier. It was a stunning sunny day after it rained the night before. The sky was so clear you could see the mountains as if they were only a few kilometres away.
New kid on the block – Sharrow markings
April 28, 2017
Yes, we have a new road marking that may be unfamiliar to most drivers, called a “Sharrow.”
Teaching young drivers skid control a good thing or not?
April 7, 2017
Teaching our young drivers better handling skills, like skid control and other advanced car handling skills seem to be a great idea many people will support.
Towing and loading
July 19, 2017
What is the speed limit when towing a trailer? Is it 70, 80, 90, or 100km/h?
What is your rating?
June 30, 2017
The current trends are to give everything a rating. There are ratings for nutrition, energy, CO2 emission, satisfaction, and so the list goes on. It is no different in road safety with only one exception.
Why do we seal roads?
February 1, 2017
Apart from the obvious, like to have a smooth, safer, and cleaner asset to improve travelling experience, there is another reason why we do it.
Speed kills a myth or not?
January 5, 2017
Whenever the question of whether speed kills comes up, there is usually the following remark. “No, it does not – it is the sudden stop that kills you.”
Sharing the road with drivers behaving badly
November 24, 2016
As we approach the summer holiday season, many of us have made plans for the well-deserved break. There will be an increased number of vehicles on the road because of the influx of tourists during summer.
January 25, 2016
With the two year old girl that was killed after being flung from a rolling vehicle in Hawkes Bay earlier this year, may be an opportune time to remind ourselves about the importance of being buckled in.
Disappointing driver behaviour in Timaru
March 20, 2017
Part of my role is to monitor crash trends. This is based on crash reports or information from the public. To enable me to understand the issues we face, I have to know what behavioural trends are and to know that I have to observe behaviour.
Engineered for safer speeds
November 9, 2016
We all want our kids to get to and from school safely. Regrettably, our children have to share the road with drivers who are not in the mind-set to adapt their speed, even when our kids are around.
Correct Lane Positioning
October 14, 2016
The purpose of road markings is to manage traffic flow and guide drivers on where to drive, turn, and may indicate where we expect drivers to go slower. Yet, so many drivers get it wrong.
Merge like a (broken) zip?
September 21, 2016
It seems to me and many people I talk to, there are many broken zips in our district. Not zips of the clothing-kind but rather of the motoring-kind. In both cases, the principal remains the same -to zip correctly, both sides must line up correctly, and then ONE by ONE smoothly move into place.
Unsafe behaviour around schools
September 8, 2016
No one can argue that our children have the right to be safe on our roads especially when going to and from school. What are the main concerns at some schools?
Driving beyond middle age… when things change
August 15, 2016
We all like to think we will always have the same physical abilities we had when we were younger, only to find out at some stage on our journey is that it is just an illusion!
Driving to the conditions – What does it mean?
July 13, 2016
Everyone use this term so loosely. Does it mean drivers only need to consider the weather or is there more to it?
An open letter to drivers on cell phones
July 1, 2016
Dear driver, we see you everywhere when you hold your cellphone to your ear whilst driving. The rest of us are trying to understand why you are still doing this. Here are the possibilities we think may explain this.
Why do we drive the way we do?
June 13, 2016
Do you operate a vehicle on the road in a safe manner because it is the right thing to do or only because you think police maybe around? If it is because of the latter reason, I would be very disappointed.
Inappropriate speed on residential streets
May 23, 2016
Main arterials like Church-, North-, Selwyn streets and Pages-, Otipua Roads, etc. are built to handle more traffic volumes at operate safely at about 50kph. As you move off to side streets that take you into residential areas, your speed should be slower.
Preparing for winter driving
April 4, 2016
Yes, it is that time of year where we have to check that we prepare for the coming winter driving conditions. This includes making sure we can see and others can see us.
April 8, 2016
Would you get on a plane when you know the pilot is as blind as a bat or would you agree to undergo an operation when you know the surgeon has only fifty percent vision? My guess is that you probably answered NO to both questions.
March 16, 2016
Passing lanes, or I-will-not-let-you-pass-lanes as many of us experience, are one of the common things people talk about when they discuss driving. Most passing lanes are only one kilometre long. Now this may seem like plentiful distance to pass, until you break it down.
February 18, 2016
You are driving merrily on the highway at around ninety five kilometer per hour when you notice a car stopped on the side road just ahead of you. A better driver would then consider the possibilities of what that driver is going to do.
Is a zero injury crash rate achievable?
January 8, 2016
Christmas 2015 is over and the New Year has arrived. Many of us reminisce over the past year and what lie ahead for us this year. Most people have had a great time with family and friends. Sadly, for some it was not so great – having had loved ones involved in fatal or serious injury crashes.
Travelling this summer break?
December 3, 2015
It had been a tough year for many people and we are all looking forward to this Christmas break. We ALL want people to enjoy this time with family or friends and have great memories about the good times they had.
Headlights tell a lot about your driving
November 23, 2015
“Bright or no light”, which one are you? There are two main purposes for using the headlights on your vehicle. Firstly, it to see the road environment ahead and the secondly, just as important, is to make other road users see your vehicle.
October 30, 2015
Pedestrian crossings: a place where driver reaction and vehicle brakes are tested or where pedestrians can find out if they are related to Superman. As the Tui advert says “Yeah right”!
Oversized Loads And Similiar Situations
October 15, 2015
We see them on the road a lot and that may be the reason some drivers get complacent. I’m talking about OVERSIZE LOADS. The legal maximum width of a vehicle is two and a half metre. Anything over this must operate under a permit.
September 14, 2015
Many drivers do it and because they usually get away with it, they believe nothing bad will ever happen to them. The question we should ask ourselves: Are the three seconds we think we “save” by not stopping worth the probable consequences.
August 12, 2013
Many of us immediately think of driver fatigue as the holiday thing, meaning that it is only important when we drive long distances during holiday periods. Driver fatigue is also not just falling asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle. There are many factors involved here.
May 17, 2008
One common cause of crashes in South Canterbury is drivers not keeping safe following distances. It is interesting to note that the majority of these crashes happened on a clear day on dry roads where conditions were very good.
May 3, 2008
There are plenty of vehicles out there without any cover over night and in many cases these vehicles will be driven the next morning. There are a few things to consider during these colder periods.
March 15, 2008
Taking the trend of reported crashes over the last 5 years, here is where we stand at the moment. There were 2132 reported crashes in total, in which 45 people died, 190 got seriously injured, and 756 received minor injuries.
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