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Top 10 Tips for New Drivers in New Zealand You Cannot Afford to Ignore

March 12th, 2019

Driving in New Zealand is not radically different from driving in other countries, and as long as one adheres to all the applicable rules and regulations, you are to be safe for sure. Always remember to keep left as New Zealand happened to be a colony of the British once upon a time. Here are the most significant 10 tips for new drivers that you are likely to find pretty helpful.


•    Always remember to keep left
•    Never forget to wear your seat belt and do ensure that other riders are wearing as well
•    Make sure never to exceed the stipulated speed limit, and it is strongly advisable to drive slower, particularly in adverse weather conditions
•    Change you driving as per the present weather conditions, and if it turns out to be snowy, icy, or raining, decelerate as early as possible, and make a point to comply with additional precautionary measures
•    Whenever and wherever you are to come across a STOP sign in New Zealand, always remember to make a complete STOP
•    Strictly maintain the prescribed speed limit around bends
•    Overtake other vehicles only when it is deemed safe, with the help of a passing line, and always remember to never cross the thick, solid line of the referential central line on the driver’s side
•    As driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs is strictly considered a cognizable offense in New Zealand, never indulge in such illegal activities
•    Never use your cell phone at the time of driving
•    Give yourself ample time to adapt and adjust as driving in a nation like New Zealand could take longer because of its lower average speeds and the widening roads


•    Asphalt
The busy motorways in New Zealand are made of asphalt almost all the time and the total length of all asphalt-made roads in this country is around eleven thousand kilometers.

•    Chip-seal
They are the most typical of all the road surfaces in this nation that are created using a layer of chips of stones set in bitumen or asphalt, and these small, pointed rocks or stone chips are sourced from either South Island rivers, or North Island quarries.

•    Unsealed surfaces
They are widely known as loose material roads or gravel surfaces and are comprised of gravel, pumice, or clay.

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