There are certain rules that they don’t teach in driving schools (if you ever attended on). So if you are a new driver, or even an experienced driver but new to driving a car in New Zealand , scroll your eyes below as these rules are valid in New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Take care of your parking style
The lines on a parking are made for a particular purpose. They are designed to fit most cars. So there is no reason you should park in two places or disrespect the markings. Make multiple maneuvers if you can’t park at once. If you are driving a large campervan then it might be best to park further away where there is ample parking space (in a supermarket car park for example).
Fill and go
Using the pump at the gas station should only be for filling. If you feel like washing your windows, checking your tyres or browsing the hop inside the gas station, feel free to do so, but only after you have move your car aside.
Make way for fast drivers
Don’t be envious the one behind you has a more powerful car. Step aside and let him pass. You’re not the one to pay his speeding ticket. Drive in your rhythm, at a speed you are comfortable with, that also ensures traffic is flowing freely.
Stop and help people in need
If you see someone with a car bonnet up it would be great to pull over and see if they need help. They might not be carrying a mobile phone and if they do they could be low on coverage.
Never stand too close to the car in front of you. The driver might get startled, and he might push the brakes all of a sudden, leaving you no time or space to stop in safety. The next part will be an imminent car crash. You should always let enough space in between to allow a safe stop. This is called the two second rule.
Look at the car that is in front of you and watch it pass a landmark on the side of the road. This could be a tree, post, shop or sign.
As the car passes this then you start counting out loud ‘one thousand and one, one thousand and two’.
You are following too closely if you pass that landmark before you have completed saying those eight words.
In bad weather you can change this to the four second rule.
Say thank you if a driver lets you pass by
When driving it is nice to say thank you to other drivers that show you courtesy. Wave at the driver if he allows you to enter a parking lot, a side road or an intersection or lightly honk the horn to acknowledge.
It is everyone’s personal choice regarding his or her motor vehicle. If you like a four-wheeled vehicle, some like the thrill offered by one with two wheels only.
Be aware of blind spots
Every car has a blind spot, not covered by the side mirror, nor the back mirror. Things can get dangerous if a driver want to change his driving lane and doesn’t see you (or vice versa).
Use your indicators
All cars are designed with such lights for a purpose. You should use your indicator when changing lanes, coming in and out of roundabout and when turning at an intersection. Do it even when you don’t see anyone. It is safer that way, and it is a good practice.
The speed limit is not a target
Just because the speed limit is 100km/hr does not mean that this should be a target especially in dangerous driving conditions such as high winds, rain or fog. It is also important to be aware of holding up traffic if you are choosing to drive slowly. don’t block the traffic by going to slow.
Pull over on the side of the road safely
New Zealand has amazing scenery and there are plenty of photo opportunities, however be careful to pull over in a safe spot well off the main road.