New Zealand Drivers
on the left of the road.
way to your right.
limit is 50kph in towns, cities.
kmh on the open road.
Blood alcohol limit is 0.08.
belts are compulsory - front and rear.
Zealand is one of the world's great tourist destinations, but travelling
around this land one does notice one major problem - many of its
The roads in New Zealand are really very good with beautiful cambre,
a good finish and superb driveability.
guys know how to build roads!
there are far too many New Zealanders who haven't a clue as to how
to drive on them.
seem cursed by an insane impatience to get to their destination
five minutes faster by taking unbelievable risks with themselves,
their passengers - or the poor unfortunates who happen to be coming
the other way.
year 310 people died on NZ roads. In recent years it has been up
to 435 deaths. In just over decade there have been more than 5000
deaths and 137,000 injuries from vehicle crashes. And that is in
a nation of around four million people.
fantastic roads and with less traffic than other nations how can
common sense on the road is not a trait you can associate with many
New Zealand drivers.
other day in a small beachside town I saw a woman tail-gating (very
close to the bumper of another vehicle) a truck she had no chance
of seeing around.
was close to school pick-up time and after pulling out into the
opposing lane a couple of times she finally accelerated around the
truck - about 20 metres before a corner where a car was about to
make a left turn right in front of her. Luckily the other driver
saw her in time - but it was close.
any road trip you will see examples of what other people would call
seemingly unforgiveable sin is to acknowledge that there are other
drivers on the road and to cut them off as often - and in as dangerous
a situation - as you possibly can.
Way signs in New Zealand seem to mean you give way to the right
unless you can pull out in front of cars and make them slow down
are a constant source of menace as it is the quick and the dead
- or severely injured. It seems to be the accepted practice to accelerate
into roundabouts at a speed that does not allow for the possibility
of anyone coming the other way.
have lost count of the number of times I have been closer to entering
the intersection than a car speeding its way on my right and having
to put self-preservation ahead of road rules as a loon hurtles by.
there are signs saying "Merge like a Zip" where two lanes ease into
love to merge like a hammer on to an anvil as there is no fear in
their eyes (if they ever look outside the rectangular glass in front
of them to their side mirrors) as they squeeze into the half-space
ahead to pass you.
it gets better - the key things New Zealand drivers seem to be taught
are to overtake on blind crests, or to fly by you on blind corners.
a two-hour trip from Tauranga to Auckland recently this driver was
reduced to white-knuckle fear by the antics of drivers who cannot
possibly have got their licences legally.
through the small town of Katikati we watched in horror as a red
car screeched to a halt as a wheelchair-bound chap had the audacity
to cross the main street at a well-marked pedestrian crossing.
front of the said vehicle missed him by no more than 30 centimetres.
One would suggest it is not an irregular occurrence to the poor
bloke as he didn't abuse the cretin at the wheel - in fact he didn't
even turn his head.
passenger, with evil wit, suggested he was speeding!
barely 30 minutes on, we had a suicidal dickhead - and that is the
only word for him - in a dark-coloured BMW 520I series who thought
he could just drive on the opposite side of the road whenever he
felt like it.
tried a stupid overtaking move - while on double yellow lines (no
passing) - and then decided that he couldn't wait any longer and
overtook us on a blind corner going uphill as he did so.
was so fearful a manouevre that I braked - to try to avoid any boomerang
effect if the ****** was hit by some unwitting victim doing the
legal thing and thrown into us - and kept my distance.
person was going to be reported to the local police but, unfortunately,
by the time we returned home at the end of the weekend we had mislaid
his number plate. It's a shame because his antics were so unbelievably
insane it beggars description. To make it worse he had a young passenger
in the front seat.
here I will also mention the "considerate" driver who thought he
could tow his boat passed a truck - going up a steep hill - and
pulled out into the passing lane that he so cleverly blocked for
its entire length. He didn't manage to get by the aforementioned
already severely shaken, we headed into the No.1 killer area of
New Zealand roads around the township of Maramarua.
the roads outside of this small township are something to be feared.
There seems to be a fatal crash in the area every week and there
is no rhyme or reason.
roads are good to travel on. The police can't explain it - or maybe
don't want to - but I will. There are too many retarded, deluded,
invincible types on the roads in New Zealand who think they can
overtake at any time and get away with it.
you are driving here look at all the white crosses on the roadside
and try to work out how on Earth people were killed on straight
roads, or seemingly innocuous corners.
likely they've been wiped out by some a******* overtaking on the
wrong side of the road.
having just got through the kill zone what do we find … but some
gormless woman who has decided to pull out from a service station
and has managed to be blocked by south-going traffic, so she cuts
off the entire north-bound lane as well.
this is on a Sunday afternoon when most of the Auckland population
is heading home - to New Zealand's major city of more than a million
people - in a northerly direction.
chaos was unbelievable and you couldn't help but thinking that in
California this woman would have been shot in a road-rage incident
(perfectly justifiable as it may have been) by some normally rational
person driven into murderous rage by her utter stupidity.
you, in New Zealand mindless idiocy on the roads is an accepted
police have signs up saying words like "Wrath on bad drivers" -
but we saw but one copper on the road during our amazing trip. They
seem to be more interested in catching people with speed cameras
in city areas than in protecting drivers from the maniacs.
may talk about the shocking drivers in the Third World - well head
on over to New Zealand to see some allegedly First-World loons.
must drive defensively on New Zealand roads and be ready for almost
anything. If you reckon people wouldn't be silly enough to do something
watch out for it to happen.