The Motor Trade Association, MTA, has urged the Government to push for vehicle safety as the road toll rises.
“A safe, well-maintained car will react better to a dangerous situation regardless of who is at fault,” says MTA Chief Executive Craig Pomare.
In 2016 vehicle-related factors contributed to around nine per cent of deaths on New Zealand.
“Common sense and personal experience tells us that if your tyres have good tread depth and your brakes are working properly, you have a much better chance of avoiding an accident,” says Pomare.
“As we head into the summer holidays, with more people on the road, MTA urges everyone to book their car in with an MTA Assured member for a safety check. An MTA member will check your tyres, brakes, lights, wipers and indicators and make sure your oils and other fluids are in top condition.”
It also doesn’t help that New Zealand has a lot of older cars on the road, which can pose more safety risks if they aren’t well looked after.
“All owners should do a safety check of their cars in between warrants. For owners of new cars, this is also vitally important as a warrant is not needed within the first three years. During that time, if you do a lot of driving, tyres can wear down below the minimum of one and a half millimetres of tread.”
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