New driver safety website for visitors

DriveSafe.org.nz provides basic information about New Zealand road rules and etiquette, along with links to more details about everything that drivers unfamiliar with our roads need to know.

Arriving at Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown. Photo: Fraser Clements
It offers valuable guidance to visiting drivers at three key stages of their trip – before they arrive, when they pick up their rental vehicle and during their journey around New Zealand.

“New Zealand driving holidays are popular with people from all across the globe and are a great way to explore and enjoy all that our country has to offer. But our roads and driving conditions can be quite different from what our visitors are used to at home,” Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.

DriveSafe.org.nz tips include encouraging drivers not to get behind the wheel until they have rested after their long flight, and highlighting the fact that driving in New Zealand can often take longer than expected due to our narrow and winding roads. There are also links to the New Zealand Road Code and suggested itineraries. It has been translated into Mandarin and German. Translations into more languages are planned.
 
All operators and organisations that come into contact with visiting drivers, such as travel wholesalers, visitor information centres and accommodation providers will be encouraged to inform their guests about the website. The URL will also be added to the steering wheel tags carrying simple road safety tips that are being placed in rental vehicles around the country.

Visit www.drivesafe.org.nz for full details.
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