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Wednesday 01 July, 2015

Driving in New Zealand - Test Yourself!

What's different about driving in New Zealand? There are a few things that you need to know before heading off into the sunset on your New Zealand vacation.

Overall, driving around New Zealand is a breeze compared to many other countries.  Generally our roads are well maintained, well signposted and lacking in frustrating tailbacks.  However, there are a few things that you may not be used to when driving in New Zealand.  For example, we drive on the left side of the road and using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal.  If you exceed the speed limits you can default your rental car insurance.

So, it’s a good idea to take the time to familiarise yourself with the road rules before you arrive in New Zealand.  Here is a quick on-line test you can do at home: http://www.drivingtests.co.nz/roadcode/tourist/

It is 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 and go through hilly terrain.

If you are tired you are much more likely to have a crash. Here are some tips to help you stay alert.

Get plenty of rest before a long drive

Take a break from driving every 2 hours

If possible, share the driving with someone else

Avoid large meals and drink plenty of fluid

If you begin to feel sleepy, stop at a safe place and try to have a short sleep for up to 40 minutes.

Also, be very aware that there are hundreds of hidden speed cameras all over New Zealand so watch your speed!

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