Campervan Travel: Safety Road Tips When Driving in New Zealand

Driving with your hired campervan for the first time in New Zealand might be a confusing experience for you since there are different road rules. Since New Zealand is a great place for you to go sightseeing and do some adventures, its roads are packed with several vehicles coming to and fro.

Indeed, one of the best ways to see New Zealand is to drive a campervan and explore the place by road. To ensure your safety while traveling through New Zealand’s roads, here are some tips you need to remember.

Drive on the left side

If you’re from a country whose road rule is to always drive on the right side, then you might want to practice a little driving first in New Zealand’s quiet roads since they always drive on the left side. Before hitting the road, familiarize yourself first with this road rule. Another point to remember when driving is to have your own driver’s license. If your license is not written in English, be sure to have it translated by a legal and authorized agency.

Drive within the speed limit

Under normal driving circumstances, you need to know that there is a maximum speed limit in New Zealand. If you are driving in the countryside, you have to drive within the maximum speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour. However, when you are driving in urban areas, limit your driving speed up to 50 kilometers per hour.

These speed limits change depending on what type of vehicle you are driving with. If you have a trailer or a caravan with you, the maximum speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour. Another factor that affects the maximum speed limit is the weather condition. You are expected to drive slowly when the weather is bad.

Pay attention to road signs

In order to avoid accidents, you need to pay attention to the road signs. The road signs will help you to prepare your engines ahead if there are upcoming curves or prone accident areas. You don’t have to worry about the symbols used since all symbols used in the road are internationally the same. Also, you have to wear your seatbelt at all times. As for children under five years of age, there should be available child restraints.

Sleep well before you drive

We all know that you are very eager to tour New Zealand. But let’s face the fact. We often encounter jet lags every time we arrive to a distant place like New Zealand. In order to avoid accidents and such, the driver should sleep or have a rest before he drives. You should have one full cycle of sleep before you drive. This way, you could avoid feeling sleepy when driving.

And to keep you more alert on the road, you could have some caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea. But don’t drink too much. It might be bad for your health.

Remember these safety road tips before you go driving. It is best to follow these tips to avoid any untoward incidents or casualties.

Jack Kent

About Jack Kent

Jack Kent loves the outdoors and nothing is more enjoyable than driving his Britz campervan around the North and South islands of New Zealand. When Jack isn't driving his motorhome around, he is drinking beers with his mates, mountain biking through country New Zealand and blogging about what New Zealand has to offer.

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