Motoring Tips

Check out these handy tips before hitting the road.

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Useful tools every car owner should have »

There's always a chance something could go wrong when you're on the road  it's good to be prepared. Having a few basic tools in your car can save you a lot of trouble.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 More ›

MTA's top six winter motoring tips »

New Zealand’s winters can test even the most reliable cars, and the safest drivers, on our roads. Cold starts, icy and wet roads, early nightfall and heavy rains all put extra strain on the complex mechanical operations of the modern motor vehicle.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 More ›

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 ›

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