If you are about to navigate the winding roads of New Zealand for the first time and in a vehicle you are unfamiliar with, the following tips should help you to prevent having a road traffic accident.
Practice makes perfect
Give yourself a little time to get used to the vehicle, road conditions and traffic rules in New Zealand by spending the first day or two simply exploring the city you arrived in before heading further out to explore the country’s many delights.
Wearing seat belts is compulsory in New Zealand, as is securing children in approved child seats. The advantages of wearing seat belts at all times become obvious when considering the potential injuries you may sustain if involved in a car crash without them.
Speed and overtaking
Some of the bends in this country’s winding roads are motoring accidents waiting to happen unless you adhere to speed limits and observe the recommended speeds when navigating them. Never overtake unless it is definitely safe to do so, ensuring you do not cross solid yellow lines. Use designated passing lanes as much as possible.
Road conditions and rest
Avoid causing traffic accidents by adjusting your speed according to road conditions. This includes slowing down in roadwork areas and during periods of strong winds; rain, ice or snow. Winding roads can make journeys longer than expected, so plan your trip carefully and take a break after every hour or two of driving to prevent fatigue causing accidents on the road.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime in this country. Offenders not only face severe penalties, they also take the risk of causing potentially fatal car accidents, so do not drink and drive under any circumstances.
Not only is it illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, doing so may distract you sufficiently to cause a vehicle collision. If you have to make a call or send a text, find a rest area or other safe place to pull over before doing so to prevent causing a road accident or being caught and fined.
Other road users’ mistakes
If you suffer an injury in an accident at home or abroad because another driver failed to take note of these simple safety precautions, you could be eligible to make a driver or passenger injury claim. Get advice on how to claim for compensation from Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice