A road trip can be one of the most exciting adventures that you will ever undertake in your life and where better than the veritable palette of scenery and landscapes that is New Zealand South Island?
One of the most spectacular and naturally diverse islands on the planet, South Island has something to offer everyone from those seeking the turquoise-tinted oceans to exploring the landscapes used in the Lord of the Rings film series. As a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation for over 15 years now, we at Accident Advice Helpline have come to learn a thing or two when it comes to road trips.
On what side of the road do they drive?
Fortunately New Zealand is one of the minority of countries like ourselves in the UK who drive on the left. This means that vehicles are right hand drive in the same manner as they are here and should at least present no major difficulties.
Carrying a first-aid kit
Although carrying a first-aid kit is not a legal duty in New Zealand like it is in many European countries, it is a vital and potentially life-saving piece of equipment in the event of a road traffic accident that you should become accustomed to carrying in your vehicle at all times both at home and abroad.
Being extra cautious
Figures from the New Zealand Transport Agency released in February 2015 found that foreign drivers were responsible for 1 in 12 fatal car crashes on South Island. The statistics also showed that foreign drivers were at least partially responsible for 83% of the accidents they were involved in. Take extra care when driving in New Zealand, be sure to obey all traffic laws and use due caution when emerging onto a new road in order to reduce the chances of being involved in a serious, even fatal accident.
Been in a car accident abroad? Accident Advice Helpline is here to help
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation such as driver-injury claims. We can even help you to make a claim for compensation if the accident occurred outside the UK. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information, our lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers.
All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice