NZ Police's General Manager of Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services, Superintendent Wally Haumaha is urging drivers to be cautious as they gear up for our busiest season on the roads.
People need to be aware that although they may not be at fault, they need to be aware of how others are driving on the road.
According to last year's statistics, there were six fatal crashes and 237 reported injury crashes.
Haumaha has a few tips for those heading out on the roads this summer.
Less alcohol, less speed, look after our children in our vehicles, be considerate of others, and responsible during the festive season.
The official holiday period begins this coming Tuesday at 4pm and ends at 6am on Friday, 3 January 2014.