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Safe Drive

Driving In Newzeland

Driving in New Zealand can be sheer joy. However, when you hit the streets, you need to make sure to follow certain conditions to know and adhere to the road rules and safety parameters for making the New Zealand trip to be a happy and joyful one.

NZ police monitors everything with speed cameras. Breaking the rules might land one in a legal mess.

Travelling Times

One can easily underestimate the travelling times in New Zealand. Since the roads are narrow with hilly terrains and unsealed gravels, the distances appear shorter on paper, which is certainly not the case. Excluding the major cities, the roads are two-way and there is only one single lane going in each direction.

Keep Left

When driving in New Zealand, always keep on the left side of the road. By chance, if you are on the right side, then it’s essential to remember the two key words while driving on the road, “KEEP LEFT”. Slower traffic always means far left.

Overtaking (Passing)

Most roads are single lane roads and some roads also provide passing lanes at intervals – when overtaking such types of pathways should always be used, as they are much safer. When overtaking, it’s always wise to use passing lanes.

Never cross the yellow centre line for passing, when another moving vehicle appears. Such a kind of overtaking is a dangerous proposition. However, a double yellow line means that there is no traffic on the road and in this case, one can overtak

Don’t overtake ever on corners or near them.

It is safe to overtake if there is no yellow line on the sides of the centre line and the road is clear for about 100m.

If there is traffic on the road, then find a place to pull over and allow the other vehicles to go past.

Driving Speed

Speed limit is important and at times it is advisable to drive at a lower speed due to weather, traffic and road conditions.

The yellow advisory speed signs that one comes across as the road bends says about the driving speed one has to maintain for ensuring safety. The arrows show the road curve direction.

Seat Belts

Wearing seat belts is mandatory for safety, whether it’s an adult or a child or whether one is seated at the front of the car or at the back end.


See a STOP sign and come to a STOP completely, while giving way to the traffic.

See a GIVE WAY sign and you should ‘give way’ to the traffic on the intersecting road. If you are turning, then it is essential to give way to the non-turning vehicles.

Find a ‘roundabout’ and you need to give way to the traffic coming from the right direction. Travel around in a clockwise direction.

Indicate for 3 seconds before you turn. When the traffic signal is ‘red’, don’t go, until and unless the green arrow gives you the green signal to move forward. If traffic signal turns ‘green’, then it’s important to give way to traffic that’s not turning and people who are crossing the road.

Oneline Bridges

When a sign warns that ‘one-lane bridge ahead’, then slow down and check for the traffic that is coming. Stop and wait to give way and the small red arrow demarcates, which direction should give way!

This sign shows that one must give way to the traffic and vehicles, coming from the other way.

This signal indicates that if you find no traffic, then one needs to proceed with caution.

Enjoy The View Safety

Enjoy the scenic beauty safely, by keeping your eyes on the road. If you wish to relish the scenic beauty, then pull off the road, stop at a safe place and then get engrossed in the loveliness of New Zealand.


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