When we first moved to NZ, one of the things we were told was that the traffic in Auckland was horrible.
It’s not. Well, not compared with Boston. Or New York. Now that’s terrible traffic. Traffic here just seems like regular, big-city traffic, the likes of what you’d expect in a country’s largest city, but nothing the likes of what you’d expect in the US’s largest city.
The one rule, aside from driving on the left, that kept tripping us up was the “give way” or “yield” rule. Used to be that if you were turning right, you had right of way. The US equivalent would be that if you were turning left, you would have right of way. It was confusing and weird. It meant that even if you were turning onto the street, and your car was closest to it, you needed to stop and wait for cross traffic to go. It was counter-intuitive and I’m sure resulted in a fair share of fender benders and honked-off motorists.
Thankfully, graciously, mercifully, that rule changed this weekend. We don’t even own a car, and yet we were glad to see it go.
Here’s the new rule: if you’re turning right, give way. Seems fair enough, right?
Perhaps you’re like me and need a picture to help it all make sense:
Doesn’t that make sense? Can you understand why the old way was so confusing?