Official Kiwi Drivers

We, Jen and I, are now the proud holders of NZ Land Transport Temporary Drivers licences having just sat down and taken the written conversion test.

Jen reminded me last night that the day we were no longer officially allowed to drive in NZ was today! 😮 So one evening of hectic cramming later (ahem 1:15AM finish) and a frought lunch hour and we have it. And to top it all off, it was all done in about 10 minutes, although I was still paniced until Jen finished hers.

So panic over – heh.

Oh yeah, favourite bit from the road code has to be from http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/roadcode/about-driving/tips-for-handling-driving-emergencies.html:

Earthquake

In a severe earthquake driving can be very difficult because the road may be shaking or moving up and down beneath you.

If you think that an earthquake is happening while you’re driving, you should:

  • pull over and stop
  • stay inside your vehicle until the shaking stops. Your vehicle will provide you with some protection against falling objects.

After the earthquake:

  • if power lines have fallen onto your vehicle, stay inside it until help arrives
  • if you continue driving straight after the earthquake, be on the lookout for slips or other road damage and obstacles
  • turn on your radio and listen for news about possible road closures and other information.

Submerged vehicle

New Zealand has a high number of coastal and riverside roads and sometimes vehicles can end up underwater.

Knowing what to do if you’re ever in this situation can mean the difference between life and death.

  • If possible, get out of the vehicle while it’s still afloat. It will normally sink within a matter of minutes.
  • Escape by winding down the window. The weight of water against doors will usually make them too hard to open.
  • Once submerged, water will gradually seep into the vehicle. Escape through the windows. If this isn’t possible, wait until the vehicle is filled almost to head height with water. The doors will be easier to open then as the pressure inside the vehicle will be almost the same as it is outside.
  • Before leaving the vehicle, turn the lights on so rescuers can find it more easily.
  • Form a human chain with any other passengers as you leave the vehicle. This will make sure you all stay together.
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