Summer Driving Tips

That’s right, shorts and singlet weather is approaching. Time to drag out the jandals and scrub the BBQ, summer’s on its way.

Hydration is key.

Water, water, water - for your engine, your wipers and of course, you and your passengers. Keep a few spare bottles of water in the car for those long road trips these summer holidays as you never know where you could end up.


The long afternoons may be great for a BBQ but aren’t great for driving in the late afternoon with the sun on the horizon. Keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your vehicle in the off chance your expensive Italian knockoffs aren’t available.

Keep the Beers Cold.

If you’re transporting a few cold ones, or you have a few perishables to transport then try putting them in the boot of your vehicle. It’ll keep them a lot cooler than in the hot sun on the back seat.

It’s always a good safety tip to keep all heavy unsecured objects in the boot in the case of an accident. Always remember though, if you’re drinking then don’t drive home. Take a cab or stay the night.

Don’t drink and drive.

You know this, we all know this, yet it continues to happen. If you’re driving home, you don’t drink, it’s that simple. Want a cold drink at the BBQ you’re attending? There are plenty of non-alcoholic wines or beers that will do the trick or simply nominate a sober driver.

Beware Sea and Sand.

Salt water will cause rust and corrosion to your vehicle, something that is not included in fair wear and tear. Park your vehicle as far from the beach as possible and avoid salt water and boat ramps or you could face big additional costs at the end of your lease contract.

J’s off your feet!

Jandals may be the national shoe of summer but it’s best to kick them off before stepping behind the wheel. The loose fitting jandal can get curled up or hooked behind the driving pedals and cause a serious accident.

Although it is not illegal in New Zealand to drive in jandals, we suggest using bare feet instead, or ultimately changing into a pair of shoes with good grip for the ideal driving condition.

Stay off the mobile.

There’s no text you need to read, or call you need to answer that is more important than your life, or the lives of others around you. Don’t be stupid, stay off the mobile while you’re driving, use a hands free device or pull over.

Most people will forgive you for not answering straight away, but you won’t forgive yourself if you cause a serious accident.

Share the Road.

Along with summer comes lycra season. The warmer weather will bring out a lot more runners, cyclists and pedestrians on our roads. So keep an eye out for others and remember to share the road.

Don’t drive tired. With daylight saving comes a long list of activities we try to cram into the long evening. This can lead to unexpected tiredness at the end of the day, don’t try and push through, take a break and recover. A 10 minute nap may be all you need to recoup the energy needed to get you home. If in doubt, pull over and rest.

Fill up early.

With the holidays fast approaching it’s a good idea to fill up one or two days before your big drive to avoid the queues. Service centers often have deals running a few days before the holidays so it could save you in the pocket as well.

If you have any concerns about driving this summer then please contact our support team here at ORIX Support: 0800 506 749.