Road Rules and Signs
Please pay attention to New Zealand road signage as it may save your life!
Latest annual road deaths for every 100,000 of population show that New Zealand's roads are getting safer:
UK: 6 per 100,000
United States: 15
Not so many years ago, New Zealand had 13. The major reason now for more deaths in NZ compared to UK is that there are very few multi-lane highways in NZ.
Road Signs etc
Observe these important rules while driving and enjoy a safe journey...
|Drive on the left side of the road.|
|Maximum open road speed is 100km/h|
speed zone - 50km/h in adverse conditions
|Maximum Speed limit for urban areas is 50km/h|
Give Way "Yield"
|Slow down, be ready to stop and give way “yield” to all traffic|
|Stop completely then give way “yield” to all traffic|
One Lane Bridges
|Give way - “yield”|
MotorwaysOn a motorway you must not:
• walk or cycle
• stop your vehicle
• make a ‘u’ turn
Keep to the left hand lane unless passing and indicate at least 3 seconds before changing lanes.
|You must stop.|
|Stop unless you are so close to the lights that you cannot stop safely|
|Go but give way “yield” when turning.|
|You may NOT turn right. You may go straight or turn left if it is safe.|
|You may turn left. All other traffic must stop.|
Permanent Hazard Signs
|Wind gusts||Round Abouts|
|Railway crossing||Road Narrows|
|Farm Animals||Winding Road|
|School Bus||Sudden Dip|
Temporary Hazard Signs
|Slippery Surface||Lane Closed|
|Stop for people crossing.|
No Parking on a yellow line or within 6 metres of an intersection.
Red on white signs apply at all times.
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