Motoring Tips

Check out these handy tips before hitting the road.

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Sharing city streets throughout New Zealand »

New Zealand’s city streets are full of activity: taxis, rubbish trucks, joggers, scooters, construction workers, commuters, pets and cars ... Just to name a few.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 More ›

Beach driving tips: taking vehicles on the sea’s sandy shore »

Living on a chain of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealanders have a particularly close relationship with the sea and the seashore. Our beaches are also regarded as public roads, and many can be driven on. This is a great route to a memorable day’s outing – provided you bear in mind a few simple precautions.  

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 More ›

Driving on unsealed roads »

Driving in New Zealand can present some challenges – and nowhere more so than driving on the country’s many unsealed roads. Any adventure worth the name carries responsibility for your own safety, and driving where the tarmac stops is no different.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 More ›

Long-distance driving »

New Zealand roads provide some spectacular driving routes to see the varied landscapes this country has to offer. The roads are generally light in traffic and well-maintained, and provide drivers with views of some of the best sites and national landmarks while you’re on the go.

Wed, 4 Dec 2013 More ›

Car battery care and life expectancy »

Discovering you have a dead battery upon turning the key in the ignition is one of the most inconvenient, yet common, occurrences for motorists. 

Wed, 6 Nov 2013 More ›

Motorway etiquette »

In New Zealand, many of our roads are standard two lane highways and we have no national network of multi lane motorways. You may, however, come across motorways in some of the larger cities. MTA has put together some tips on how to drive and act on these potentially daunting roads.

Wed, 9 Oct 2013 More ›

ABS: stopping crashes, and saving lives »

Anti-lock Braking Systems, called ABS for short, have been included on many motor vehicles built from the 1980s.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 More ›

91 or 95 (or 98) octane petrol – which to use? »

Motorists often ask, "even though the manufacturer says use 91 octane petrol, what’s the benefit from using 95 or 98 octane instead?"

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 More ›

Spring clean – grooming, car style »

The arrival of spring generally signals that the worst of the weather is behind us. Lots of us turn our attention to our homes to give them a good old spruce up after the ravages of the winter. But it’s not just the house that deserves a good going over. Many people rely on their vehicle, so it makes sense to give it a spring clean as well.

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 More ›

What to do in an accident »

No one ever expects to be in a car accident, but there is always a chance that it could happen to you. MTA has provided some tips that can help you to prepare for an accident, and what you should do if you find yourself involved in one.

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 More ›

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