NZTA Theory Test | New Zealand Driving | Free Guide

 This article summarizes topics covered for NZTA theory test for learner's license. You may see this post as a New Zealand driving handbook. 

NZ Road Code

Basic Rules

  • Compulsory signs - Mandatory signs that enforce things a driver must do in the particular road area. Signs come mostly in red and white or blue and white colours, while few are in white with a red border
  • Speed limit sign - The maximum speed at which you can drive in good conditions.
  • Give way sign - Driver must slow down (or stop if needed) and give way to vehicles in free lanes.
  • Stop sign - Driver should stop and give way.
  • Warning signs - Notice about possible hazards to road users.
  • Information signs - Displays information about upcoming roads/places and facilities.
  • Speed limit for normal roads(city/town) is 50km/hr.
  • Speed limit for motorways/highways is 100km/hr.
  • Speed limit sign is nullified on seeing the following signs, 
    1. Compulsory speed limit signs
    2. Open road signs
    3. School zone signs
    4. School bus signs
    5. Incident and emergency warning signs
  • Speed limit change points,
    1. On entry to a lower speed zone, the driver must slow down the vehicle to the new speed before crossing the sign.
    2. On entry to a higher speed zone, the driver shouldn't speed up until the vehicle passes the sign.
  • Incident and emergency warning signs - speed limit of 20km/hr until the occurrence of the incident.
  • School bus sign - speed limit of 20km/hr should be kept even if the school bus is on the other side of the road.  
  • School zone speed limit signs - Changing type or fixed type signs.
  • There are some situations where the give way rules don't apply. When this happens, use common sense and courtesy.
  • Maximum legal speed limit for a car towing a trailer on the open road - 90km/hr.
  • Minimum tread depth required for car tyres - 1.5mm.
  • Transit lane sign, T2 - the lane can only be used by vehicles with 2 or more occupants. 

Driving Basics

  • Road - Any public accessible place.
  • Keep left lane whenever possible and avoid lane near to centre line if you're driving slowly.
  • The lane closest to the centreline should only be used,
    1. you want to pass another vehicle
    2. you want to turn right 
    3. the left-hand lane is full up with other traffic or is blocked.

Car safety

  • WoF label must be displayed on the right top corner of the windscreen.
  • RUC( Road User Charges) license - For vehicles running on Diesel.
  • If modification caused your vehicle to become unsafe to drive then the vehicle is not allowed in the road.
  • TWIRL - Tyres, Windscreen, Indicators, Rust, Lights.
  • Replace windscreen - If it is cracked or chipped.
  • On using Space-saver tyres (Smaller tyres that should only be used for a short time, to replace a flat or damaged tyre.) the speed limit of your vehicle is reduced to 80 km/hr.
  • Another name of silencer - Muffler



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