Tourist drivers safer using free online driving test

Tourist drivers safer using free online driving test

campa-2A five-minute video produced by Tourism New Zealand and fronted by Chinese reality TV star Huang Lei promotes learning important New Zealand road rules by using the free tourist-focused Road Code quizzes at Drivingtests.co.nz

Available in English, Spanish, German and Chinese, the 66-question driving theory test contains a subset of questions that could be asked in the learner licence exam, and features the most important rules that drivers used to driving on the right-hand side of the road need to know.

“Drivers from overseas can find our road markings, roundabouts and intersections confusing, not only because they have to navigate them while driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, but also because signs and markings are not standardised worldwide,” says Darren Cottingham, director of DrivingTests.co.nz.

“While a Road Code quiz is not a panacea, ignorance of road rules has frequently been cited by police and government agencies as a major cause of traffic accidents, particularly awareness of compulsory stop signs, the meaning of a solid yellow line (no overtaking), and where it’s safe to stop to take photographs.”

A crash in Southland in August 2015, caused by a tourist failing to stop, killed a man and seriously injured two others; a German tourist failed to stop in Canterbury in February, causing the death of a local woman; and in 2014 a Dutch tourist who failed to stop at a stop sign in Rakaia in Canterbury killed three.

“Anything we can do to educate and build awareness will have a positive benefit for all road users,” says Cottingham.
The video targeted at Chinese tourists is available at https://youtu.be/2Yhq2blIH08

DrivingTests.co.nz is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Founded in 2010, it currently helps more than 55,000 people per month study for their car, motorbike and heavy vehicle learner licence. Its tourist-focused quiz is available in English, Spanish, German and Chinese.

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