Friday, January 10, 2014

Tip of the Day: Driving in New Zealand…Safely

Most of our regular readers no doubt are well aware of the driving hazards in New Zealand from so many of my postings about the high percentage of serious accidents that foreign drivers have been involved in.

For the benefits of our readers who either have a foreign driver's license or an International Driving Permit (IDP), either of which will enable you to drive in NZ.

That being said, it is my understanding that the New Zealand Automobile Association ( offers an online course entitled "Defensive Driving for Experienced Drivers" which not only educates foreign drivers on the nuances of driving in NZ, but also covers all of the traffic laws, which are essential if you want to drive safely in a foreign country.

Although I have driven in a number of left-hand drive countries during my Foreign Service career, driving on the left for drivers accustomed to driving on the right can be fraught with risks and nervousness.

Thus, I suggest our readers headed to New Zealand contact for further information.