Take care with winter driving

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As we enter the cold icy grip of winter I thought it appropriate to include some information about winter driving.

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

Use your highest gear when travelling uphill and your lowest downhill.

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 and leave a safe distance between you and the car you’re following.

Avoid sudden braking or turning movements that could cause you to skid.

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

Frost is more severe at daybreak, so be prepared and allow for those early morning starts. While it may not be frosty at 6am, it could be an hour or two later.

Some people believe they are safe in a 4WD. However, these vehicles perform no better in winter conditions than any other vehicle.

Check traffic and travel updates on the NZ Transport Agency journey planner – www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz.

Reviewing the previous week’s happenings around Mosgiel, there has been a steady stream of family harm and dishonestly complaints relating to online frauds.

While we continue to be warned that online scammers are getting more sophisticated, one I am currently dealing with highlights exactly this. It relates to a company email being hacked, then the hacker sending a false invoice and redirecting it for payment, resulting in a substantial amount of money being made.

If there’s any warning I can give from this, please do not agree to “mule” money using your account or if you receive money that is obviously not yours, please report it to your bank.

Furthermore, especially if you own a business, do not necessarily treat all invoices as credible and take the time to check them out.

On the subject of family harm, if you are elderly and concerned about being in a situation where you believe a family member or someone you have trusted is misappropriating access to your bank account or assets, please do not hesitate to seek outside help. Age Concern can be contacted on 479-3055, or contact police on the 105 number for assistance.

Have a good week.