Tips to stay safe while travelling in New Zealand
Over 100 earthquakes are felt per year across New Zealand. This is because New Zealand lies on the boundary between the Australian Plate and the Pacific Plate.
The locals practise earthquake drills through school but if you’re new to earthquakes, follow these steps to stay safe:
- Stay Inside. But if you’re outside already, head to a clear area away from trees and power lines.
- Drop down to your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down. This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
- Cover your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under the shelter of a sturdy table or desk.
- Hold on to your shelter and be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
Black ice is a thin, dark sheet of ice on the road that is extremely hard to see. It is commonly found around waterways and lakes or in shady or cooler areas. When driving around areas that may have black Ice:
- Look for shiny wet patches on the road.
- Drive slowly.
- Avoid sudden braking.
- Avoid sudden direction changes.
- Leave large following distances.
- Update yourself on weather and road conditions regularly.
Alcohol and adventure sports
Visiting New Zealand’s amazing ski fields is a must-do activity for many visitors. However, snow sports are well-known for causing grief for beginners and experts alike. Whether it’s an injury or a banged-up snowboard, accidents can be minimised by following a few basic rules:
- Stay in control.
- Know your ability. Start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.
- People below you have right of way. Obey signage, they are there for your safety. Look before you leap.
- Ensure the area is clear of others and remember that people might have fallen in front of you.
- Stop where you can be seen.
- Secure your equipment when not in use.
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