Driving Hazards Driving Rental Cars in New Zealand
Generally speaking, drivers of rental cars in New Zealand will not encounter any major problems, although it is a good idea for international drivers to be aware of the different driving hazards on North Island and South Island roads, as well as the general ones outlined below.
What Driving Hazards are there for users of Rental Cars in New Zealand?
- Road repairs – New Zealand roads are generally maintained in good condition. However, their tar and gravel construction means they need to be re-sealed regularly. Extra care should be taken at road works, where the driving speed is often reduced to 30km/h or less. Loose gravel may prove a hazard for the windscreens and paintwork of rental cars.
- Heavy lorries – There is a great deal of freight moved around New Zealand by road and this traffic is often slow-moving. Drivers of rental cars should approach these larger road users with care and make sure any overtaking is done safely.
- Stock on the road – Drivers may encounter farm animals walking along the road from time to time and also drive behind large stock trucks moving animals around the country. Care should be taken behind stock trucks as effluent spray can affect driving vision.
- Inclement weather –Snow and ice may be cause problems on the roads for drivers during the colder months of the year, but rainstorms in many parts of New Zealand throughout the year can also create treacherous driving conditions. Start using your demister or air-conditioning as soon as you can to clear fogged windows and check that water levels on roads are safe before attempting to pass through.
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