1. Drive on the leftIf you come from the United Kingdom or Australia, you should have no trouble following this rule of the road; however, visitors from the United States, mainland Europe, or any other country where drivers stick to the right side of the road will have to get accustomed to driving on the left. This may be difficult to get used to at first; therefore, stay vigilant and make sure that you are not accidentally drifting over into the opposing lane without noticing. Use appropriate turn signals and give yourself time to make turns when you are just starting out; however, eventually you should be able to drive on the left without giving it a second thought!
2. Slow downAs in every country, it is important to stick to speed limits (as given on road signs) for reasons of safety and legality - not only will you get a speeding ticket for going too fast, but you can also put yourself in danger of crashing and injuring (or killing) yourself and others. However, slowing down is also a matter of aesthetics; you will better be able to appreciate the gorgeous scenery of New Zealand from a slower pace. Many New Zealand roads are curvy or steep, meaning that slowing down is even more essential (and worthwhile when those panoramic vistas open up).
3. Pace yourself
Allow yourself breaks from driving if you are continuing over a long distance. For instance, stop once an hour and walk around a bit. Not only will this give your muscles, brain, and eyes time to relax and rejuvenate themselves – making you a safer driver when you do get back on the road – but you will also be able to get out and experience the scenery without feeling fatigued.
4. Wear a seat belt
It’s the law: simple as that. New Zealand requires drivers and passengers to wear seat belts, which protect you in case of an accident. Children must be secured in an approved child seat if they are too small or too young to wear a seat belt.