Motorists urged to slow down as rain hits BOP

Heavy rain is being forecast for this afternoon.

Police are warning motorists to slow down as rain hits the region for the first time in a long time.

A severe weather warning is in place for the Bay of Plenty for heavy rain this afternoon.

National road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally is pleading with motorists to take extra care on the roads today.

“Weather conditions are poor in many parts of the country with heavy rain and high winds.

“The roads are slippery, and Police are urging people to drive to the conditions.”

He says if you’re driving in the rain, there are several things you can do to help keep yourself and others safe on our roads:

  • If it’s wet enough to put your wipers on, it makes sense to put your headlights on as well.
  • Slow down.
  • It helps you brake more gently and gives you enough time to react and retain full control of your vehicle.
  • Move away from the vehicle in front to increase your stopping distance.
  • Don't forget to buckle up!



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