Safer winter driving with rally driver Emma Gilmour

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  • PUBLISHED: June 18 , 2020

Dunedin rally driver and Gilmour Motors dealer Principal Emma Gilmour has been around cars throughout her life. As a long standing Rothbury client, we recently caught up with her as she shared her top tips for driving safely in wintry New Zealand. 

What are the common winter conditions to be aware of?

The main difficulty in winter is the low sunlight in the morning and evening. Sunstrikes can be a real problem when you’re driving as it affects your visibility. 
The weather conditions really vary from one end of the country to another. The most common winter condition in rural areas is the icy sections on the road that never see the sun which are more likely to stay frozen and when you drive through, it has less grip which can be challenging.
In Auckland a common condition is torrential rain and surface flooding which is also something to consider that can affect your driving.

What are your top tips for driving in winter?

- Slow down – when you’re driving and there’s frost on the road. It’s good practice to go slow. It’s easy to spin out on an icy road. And black ice isn’t visible. You can feel pressured if you have someone tailgating you but it’s always safer to go slow. 

- Generally, make sure your car is in a low gear if you’re descending a hill. 

- Be careful with sudden braking as that can cause your brakes to lock up. 

- Make sure you have a clear windscreen and your car has defrosted before you leave. 

- Put your headlights on during dusk, dawn and fog. 

- Have your sun visor or sunglasses ready if you hit sun strikes which is so prevalent at this time of year. 

- Maintaining your car is also important. Check your tyres and make sure they’re in good condition for winter. Make sure your tyres are in correct inflation and check your tyre pressure with your local mechanic or service station. Check that your headlights and wipers are working. 

- Driving safely in winter needs good judgement. Before starting on your journey, check the weather forecast and the state of roads to determine it is safe to travel.

Ultimately, if you’re not prepared, driving in the winter can be hard. Having good vehicle preparation and safe driving techniques will help ensure you have a safe journey.

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Like many of our business insurance clients we're a majority NZ owned company that was started by enterprising Kiwis in 1950. Today, New Zealand is a different place to when we first started. As a consequence, the way…
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While our core business is still related to creating the best insurance solutions for you, our motivation and passion now lie in being unconditional advocates for our diverse range of clients. In other words people like you.

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