What we're doing to keep drivers safe on kiwi roads

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382 people died on New Zealand roads as a result of crashes in 2018 - the highest road toll we’ve seen since 2009, giving New Zealand the 5th highest fatality rate (per capita) of OECD countries [1].

While the government and police are working hard to improve the safety of New Zealand roads through safety improvements, increased presence of traffic officers and public education on safe driving, at Yoogo Share we believe we have a responsibility to do our part in making kiwi roads safer for all drivers.

So, what are we doing to reduce the number of people dying on New Zealand roads?

Safe driving policies & driver checks

Prior to becoming a member of Yoogo Share, we run a background check with the NZTA to ensure anyone driving a Yoogo Share car is fully qualified, with no disqualification or restrictions. All Yoogo Share members must be over 21yrs and have held their full driver license for a minimum of 3 years. All members who sign up to Yoogo Share must agree to abide by our safe driving policies as outlined in our Terms & Conditions.

Driver behavior tracking

Yoogo Share’s advanced GPS technology sends us alerts when drivers are breaking the speed limit, accelerating aggressively, braking harshly or cornering erratically. Drivers who are found to be driving dangerously are contacted and reminded of our safe driving policies. Any drivers who continue to drive dangerously, or are found to be excessively braking speeding limits, will be banned indefinitely from driving Yoogo Share cars.

5-star ANCAP rated vehicles

Yoogo Share BMW i3s, Hyundai IONIQs and Hyundai Kona’s are packed with the latest safety technology and are both 5-star ANCAP rated, making both models some of the safest on New Zealand’s roads. This makes the road safer for occupants of Yoogo Share cars, as well as making the road a safer place for other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

BMW i3 safety features:

  • 5-star ANCAP rated

  • Dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains)

  • Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)

  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)

  • Reversing collision avoidance

  • Tyre pressure monitoring

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Hyundai IONIQ & KONA safety features:

  • 5-star ANCAP rated

  • Dual frontal, side chest, side head-protecting airbags (curtains) and driver knee airbags

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Free driver training sessions

Since EVs are a little bit different to drive than traditional cars, we offer free driver training sessions every week to familiarise new members with how to drive Yoogo Share electric vehicles. From navigating the cockpit and driver controls, to explaining safety features and sharing tips on driving EVs safely, we cover it all in these weekly training sessions to leave drivers feeling confident behind the wheel of Yoogo Share cars.

Want to know more about our safe driving policies? do you have suggestions on what other health and SAFETY features you think we should develop?

Feel free to get in touch with our Health & Safety team via email: share@yoogo.co.nz

References:

1 - IRTAD road safety annual report 2018: https://www.itf-oecd.org/road-safety-annual-report-2018

See also:

Tips on keeping safe around EVs