Safe Driving Tips
Driving in New Zealand-What you need to know
Tips For Keeping Safe In New Zealand
Driving in New Zealand should be a safe and enjoyable experience. If you have never driven in New Zealand before you should become familiar with the rules of our roads. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has issued some key driving tips which you should read before setting on your journey.
But first, as you will appreciate when you arrive in New Zealand - you've come a long way!! Hertz strongly suggest if you have come on a long haul flight, you stay overnight at your initial destination. That way, you'll be nice and refreshed the next day to begin your journey.
Please read this booklet before setting out.
NZTA 'What's Different about driving in New Zealand' brochure (multi-language):
Wintertime in New Zealand is an amazing time, but before you set out, the below brochure provides some tips on how to prepare for and drive to the conditions before you’re on an icy, wet or snow bound road.
Always drive on the left side of the road. If you drive on the right side of the road in your own country, please remember to keep left when pulling out onto the road – it’s easy to forget.
By law, everyone in the vehicle must wear a safety belt or child restraint – whether they’re in the front or back. Children under five years of age must be secured in an approved child restraint.
Speed limit signs show the maximum speed you can travel. At times you may need to drive at a slower speed due to road, weather or traffic conditions. Different speed limits apply throughout New Zealand – look out for the speed limit signs.
It’s easy to underestimate travelling times in New Zealand. Distances may seem short on paper, but New Zealand roads may be narrower than you’re used to, cover hilly terrain and vary from motorways (freeways) to unsealed gravel roads.
If you’re tired you’re much more likely to have a crash. Here are some tips to help you stay alert.
Use an accurate journey calculator to plan your trip. NZTA recommends the AA New Zealand Driving Time and Distance Calculator.
Most roads in New Zealand have a single lane each way, and some provide passing lanes at regular intervals – these should be used where possible when overtaking. You must not cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line to pass a vehicle, as this indicates it’s too dangerous to overtake.
These are only a sample of key driving tips. Before driving in New Zealand you should familiarise yourself with the New Zealand Road Code.
To lean more about what you need to know when driving in New Zealand, visit www.DriveSafe.org.nz