- Our roads are unique. Our roads are windy, hilly and often single lane
- Our roads can be challenging and demanding to drive, and the consequences of small errors can be fatal
- Not all risks are visible, and often our roads aren't easy to read
Our roads are unique. They are varied, scenic and often enjoyable to drive, but they can also be dangerous and unforgiving. Our roads have many hidden hazards.
Drivers need to choose the right speed for the road because not all risks are visible, and often our roads aren't easy to read. When the right cues are in place, drivers have an easier time choosing a safe speed.
Communities have a role to play in assessing the risks on their roads, and putting in place accurate and reliable safety measures that reflect the road conditions and help drivers read the road. This will help create a transport system that is safe for all road users.
OUR CENTRAL STORY
Not all New Zealand roads have the same risk. We need to help drivers read the road.
- Drivers use many cues to read the road and assess the right speed for the road, the conditions and level of risk
- Conditions include the shape of the road, the weather, traffic, other road users, and road-side hazards
- Regardless of what causes a crash, speed always plays a part
- To make roads safer, we can improve the roads. We can also lower speeds
- Locals know local roads, and have a perspective on what needs to be done
- Communities have an important role to play in contributing to discussions about making local roads safer