Winter weather prompts warning for drivers

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With winter well on its way, Queenstown Lakes District Council is warning motorists to take extra care on local roads.

QLDC transport boss Denis Mander says drivers need to be prepared for harsher conditions as icy snaps roll in.

“There have been several mornings in recent weeks where residents have needed to clear their windscreens of a light layer of frost before setting off to work and it’s a timely reminder that we need to start thinking about how we deal with winter road conditions,” Mander says.

“Cars need to be checked for anti-freeze and chains need to be carried. People also need to allow more time in the mornings and drive with caution.”

Wet roads are also a hazard, he warns: “If a road looks wet, it’s likely to be slippery.”

Mander’s hot tips for drivers include slowing down, increasing distances from the vehicle in front, accelerate, brake and change gears gently and completely clear windscreens of ice and snow – you could face an instant fine otherwise.