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In 2016, we were travelling over the Desert Road at night and although it was raining, there was good visibility. Some distance ahead, we saw a single red light from another vehicle. We followed at a safe distance when suddenly it braked and pulled into a parking area on the left. No indicators, no brakes lights or any warnings were given and if we had been travelling faster or closer, it would have caused a serious accident. Being good Kiwis, we pulled over to let the family know their rear lights weren’t working. It turned out to be a brand new SUV and all their lights worked. However, the bikes they were carrying completely blocked their rear lights, indicators and number plate. Only one rear light was visible through the bike spokes! They hadn’t realise they were in such danger and there was little we could do to fix the problem at that point in time. So we agreed to follow behind them as a rear guard until our turn off and they continued home to Wellington.

They didn’t realise the danger they were in, thanked us, but there was little that could be done to fix the problem at that point. We agreed to follow them as a rear guard until our turn off and had our fingers crossed that they and the kids made it home safely to Wellington.

We are Murray Butcher, an engineer/designer and Dr. Alan McGee, a retired university lecturer and following that near-accident, we have been working on problems related carrying bikes on the back of cars.

Road safety and keeping Kiwi families safe are our main concerns so we came up with the Safelite panel.

To check how legal and safe you are, take the survey

Made in New Zealand

SAFELITE is made in New Zealand to high production standards (See video) and each panel is quality tested before being sent to you.

As part of our commitment to our local communities, Safelite panels will be assembled in supported workshops, with every panel inspected and tested to meet our quality assurance standards.

Sponsorship for your club event

While Safelite is only a small company, we feel it is important to be part of the community which buys our products, helps us to refine them and improve road safety for cyclists.

If your club is raising money or requires support for an event, please feel free to contact us.


Be seen, be safe and be legal when carrying bikes

Made in New Zealand to keep New Zealanders safe