Top Tips

Driving like a Jack Rabbit will cost you
“Jack-rabbit” starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%
Use the cruise control
On long stretches of rural road driving, cruise control can save fuel by helping your car maintain a steady speed
Winter driving survival pack
 Ice scraper, snowbrush and small shovel  Sand/salt or other traction aid  Booster cables  Road flares or warning lights  A jug of antifreeze and windshield washer fluid  Flashlight and batteries  First aid kit  Small tool kit  Extra clothing and footwear  Blankets  Heat packets  Non-perishable foods and water  Fully charged battery bank 30,000mAh  Candle and matches and clean empty metal tin  Tow rope
Drive like every road is different to the road you used before
We get complacent. Even if we do several trips a day on the same road, we need to be aware that road conditions could have changed. There could be a slippery spot as a result of a truck that spilled diesel, or a peace of timber that fell off a tradies ute. Be attentive all the time!
Beware of Livestock
… to slow down for, not hit. Chances are your car will take much more damage than the cow.
Don't Drink And Drive
It is illegal to drive with alcohol in your system if you are under 20 years old. Over 20 years old and it is 250 micro-grams per litre of breath. It’s difficult to say how many drinks that is equivalent to, as there are other contributing factors. Or just don’t drink and drive!
Always Wear Your Safety Belt
A bit of a no-brainer, but just in case. Even if you drive like a boss, someone could still crash into you.
Beware Of Sudden Changes in Road Surfaces
Getting off the beaten track can actually bring you to some horrifically beaten tracks. Some less maintained roads can be uneven so go steady.
Understanding Intersections
Use roundabouts by driving clockwise. Keep an eye on traffic lights, using the correct lanes, and all that good stuff. If you end up missing a turn off or being stuck in the wrong lane, make your way back there legally – don’t do any dramatic u-turns.
Hands Off Your Phone
You’re attention should be on the road. Don’t be that person. A U.S. study conducted by Drs. Frank Drews, David Strayer, and Dennis L. Crouch of the University of Utah found that drivers who talk on either handheld or handsfree cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers!
Be Careful When Overtaking
There are a lot of twists and turns in New Zealand’s roads, so only overtake when you can see clearly what’s on the road ahead. Many places where it is unsafe to pass don't have yellow no passing lines.
Know The Speed Limits
Speed limit signs are on the side of the road, usually with a red ring around a number. Speed is measured in km/h in New Zealand. The national speed limit for open roads are 100km/h. Obviously, cater your driving to the conditions - don’t be that guy.
Keep Left, Pass Right
Possibly the #1 rule for driving in New Zealand. Remember the driver should always be closest to the middle of the road.