Preventing injuries on the road
Every year there are about 4,000 new ACC claims for injuries that occurred in motor vehicle crashes on New Zealand roads. Plus at least the same number of people are receiving ACC services for road crash injuries that happened in a previous year.
Driving while fatigued has the same effects on your driving skills as driving under the influence of alcohol. Learn to recognise the signs of fatigue and how to avoid it.
While the number of people killed on our roads is steadily going down, the number of people injured each year has stayed about the same. ACC works alongside other agencies to reduce the number and severity of these road crash injuries.
Driving when fatigued has the same effect on your driving skills as driving under the influence of alcohol. Learn to recognise the signs of fatigue and how to avoid it.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol massively increases your chances of being involved in a crash.
Driving conditions vary hugely, depending on things such as the weather and how much traffic is on the road. Slowing down to drive to the conditions can reduce your risk of serious injury in a crash.
Travelling by bike is a great way to get around. Remember to be safe – be seen, wear good quality riding gear and take some lessons to fine tune your riding skills. Visit the Ride Forever website (external link).
As a driver, it is your responsibility to make sure any children travelling in your vehicle are safely restrained. Keep your children safe by making sure they are always in restraints that are properly fitted to the vehicle and the right size for each child.
Learning to drive is an exciting part of growing up, but it can be risky. Teenage drivers are more likely to crash than any other age group, especially just after passing their restricted licence and starting to drive solo. Road crashes are the single greatest killer of 16 to 24-year-olds in New Zealand. Visit the Practice website (external link).
The Fleet Safety Programme aims to reduce the toll crashes take on businesses, injured workers and their families. Fleet Safety (external link) has more information.
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