Winter Driving in Wairarapa & Beyond

Winter Driving in Wairarapa & Beyond

Wairarapa is renowned for its changeable weather. You could drive from Masterton down to Pirinoa and back out to Martinborough and have 3 different sets of weather conditions... which means you should plan and prepare before you land yourself on an icy, wet or even snowbound road. 

  • ›  Call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS  for the latest road conditions - CHECK BEFORE YOU GO

  • ›  Dress for the conditions, carry additional warm clothes and keep a survival kit in your vehicle in case you do get stuck.

  • ›  Ensure your car is roadworthy and keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle in case you get diverted onto another route or you are forced to turn back. GIVE IT A TWIRL


  • ›  Drive slower than you normally would – it only takes a split second to lose control in wet or icy conditions.

  • ›  Avoid sudden braking or turning that could cause you to skid. Accelerate smoothly and brake gently, and use your highest gear when travelling uphill and your lowest downhill.

  • ›  For vehicles without anti-skid braking systems, pump the brake pedal in short rapid bursts rather than pressing long and hard to avoid skidding or sliding.

  • ›  Drive at a safe travelling distance because it takes longer to stop on slippery roads. In winter, especially in poor weather, double the two-second rule to ensure a safe distance between you and the car in front.

  • ›  When travelling in fog, rain or snow, drive with your lights dipped for increased safety. 


    For latest winter driving conditions in your area check our links on our Roading Conditions Page or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

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