Often, the idea is to have fun whilst on a holiday. As a result, many of us may overlook certain safety considerations. However, if you are travelling in a new country, you have to be alert and use a bit of caution. Do not let your festive feelings get in the way of common sense. So, if you have booked a rental car to see the sights in New Zealand, you want to make sure that you observe certain rules of safety too.
What Number to Call in an Emergency
That means keeping yourself and your passengers safe, keeping your belongings secure, staying safe on the road, and using discretion when drinking alcohol. In New Zealand, the emergency number for the ambulance, police, and fire department is 111. The calls you make to this number are always free. You will also find police stations in the major towns and cities as well as in more remote areas.
Some Basic Safety Rules
Use extra caution by never walking alone in an unlit area at night. Also, do not make it known that you have cash on your person. Never wear expensive jewellery or carry valuables with you as well. If you are patronising a bar, avoid accepting a drink from a stranger.
Do not leave your seat without taking your drink with you, either. If you use an ATM, regard your surroundings and hide your PIN whilst inserting the number at the machine. In addition, make sure that someone always knows your whereabouts and when you plan to arrive at your destination.
Keep Your Possessions Out of Sight
If you rent one of the Auckland rental cars, you want to ensure that you always lock the vehicle and keep the windows closed and secured. Never leave any valuables in the car such a map, a GPS device, or luggage. A visitor brochure lying carelessly about is a sure sign that you are visiting a place and therefore makes you an easier target of a crime.
If you must carry any valuables in your rental car with you, make sure that they are locked securely in the boot. Or, if you need to keep your valuables in your car for a short time, have someone stay with the rental car until you return. Also, it is a good idea to maintain an online record of the description of your valuables, including their identification numbers. Some online platforms are designed for this exact purpose. For instance, if you are carrying valuable camera equipment, record the serial numbers and include a description and photo online.
Keep Your Valuables Near and Close to You
Never leave your bags, wallets, mobile phones, backpacks, or cameras in a public place, either, especially at a ferry terminal, airport, or a railway station. If you are driving a campervan, park it in a holiday park or camping ground. You can obtain details at a visitor information office if you need information about where to stay. If your valuables are belongings are stolen or lost, report the event as soon as possible at the police station that covers the area where the event took place.
Some Final Salient Safety Notes
When you drive in New Zealand, you need to stay on the left-hand side of the road. Also, you are legally required to have your driver’s licence in your possession whilst you are navigating the roadways.