Murph spreads the safety word

V8 Supercar race driver and past Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy was at Whangarei Boys' High on Friday as part of his Murph in Schools programme, a nationwide campaign encouraging safer young drivers.

He pointed out the number of 15- to 19-year-olds dying in car crashes in New Zealand.

"Your age group is performing far worse than last year - these are shocking results," he told the students.

"And it's not just dying - there are serious injuries like head and neck injuries and amputations happening," he said.

He also spoke of New Zealand's unique driving conditions, which include narrow roads, unsafe corners and sharing the roads with trucks and cyclists.

Murphy said getting a licence and being able to drive was a great feeling, but keeping everyone on the road safe involved developing skills and building up experience.

He said cars should be enjoyed and used with respect, with nobody knowing it all when it came to driving.

Murph's Safe Driving Tips for Teens:

  • Your vehicle must be safe.

  • Respect other road users.

  • Be aware of what's ahead.

  • Be aware of what's around you.

  • Note the driving conditions.

  • Excessive speed mixed with inexperience will kill!

  • Conditions change, drive to them. This means slow down!

  • Let nothing distract you.

  • No cellphones or fiddling with audio gear when you are driving, it only takes a split second to end up dead, or to kill someone else.

  • No alcohol or other stimulants ever!

- Northern Advocate

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