Road rules and your cheap car rental

Visitors to New Zealand can drive safely here if they have a valid and full driving licence. Realistic Rentals in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore can help with our fantastic rental deals.  We offer competitive rates and free extras that make it easier for you to enjoy your Kiwi adventure.  We can also provide helpful advice and guidance when it comes to the law here regarding driving in your cheap car rental.

It may seem like an obvious thing, but the first warning about driving in New Zealand is which side of the road to derive on! We drive on the left hand side here, something that our American, Canadian, Continental European and South American friends will find tough to get used to. While you’re driving here in your cheap car rental, especially for those first few days, we suggest being extra cautious and extremely vigilant at all times.

The speed limit which is usually 50 kilometres per hour in urban areas, through to 100 kph on the motorways.  If you’re from the USA or the UK, make sure you don’t get confused with MILES per hour. 100 miles per hour is a staggering (and very illegal) 160 kilometres per hour. Road signs are everywhere with that particular location’s speed limit. And remember, it’s a LIMIT, not a target.

Traffic lights in New Zealand work just like everywhere else in the world. If the light is red, you must stop.  If the light is amber you must stop, but only if it’s safe to do so.  If you are too close to the lights to stop, you may continue – but only if it is safe to do so.

Many people hire a cheap car rental around holiday times, and unfortunately this is one of the most dangerous times for accidents. Remember, a double yellow line in the centre of the road means you’re not allowed to overtake because it’s too dangerous.  If you intend to pass a vehicle, wait until the single, broken line is back in the middle of the road.

If you have any questions about New Zealand road rules or a quote for our cheap car rental rates, contact Realistic Rentals today!

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