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The current cold weather is another that it also winter festival season in Otago with Burton High Fives festival being staged in the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka from 15 - 18 August 2012.
The Burton High Fives is an invite-only global snowboarding competition.
For parents with teenagers heading to one of the winter festivals, it’s important to help your teen drivers prepare for a safe journey to and from their festival destination. Remember, it is not just advice for when they arrive at the event that is useful – but guidance for the drive there and back is vital too.
For some teens, this will be their first experience of driving long distances in potentially wet and icy conditions – a stressful experience for both the driver and the parent waiting at home.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has created a dedicated website to help parents with teen drivers – www.safeteendriver.co.nz – which offers a set of practical skills and free tools to encourage parents to work alongside their teens to help identify and manage risk situations, when driving by themselves.
“The Safe Teen Driver website not only provides useful festival hazard advice to discuss with your teen, it also suggests some different ways to talk about the risks so they don’t think you’re over-reacting,” says Greg Allnutt, NZTA Southern Region Manager.
Mr Allnutt suggests the following tips for driving to the Burton High Fives (Formerly the NZ Open) in the Cardrona Valley (15 - 18 August 2012):
Other key areas the NZTA encourages parents to discuss with their teen drivers includes:
Highlighting the best route and busy areas
The importance of getting enough sleep
Driving at night
Driving with friends in the car
Please visit www.safeteendriver.co.nz/festivalmap/ for more tips.