MoPD 4: Dumbfounded Road Rules in New Zealand and my Mountian Bike Trail

Generally, I never talk negativity about places. I know my country does silly things and I love seeing the life process in different places.

I’ve been in New Zealand for a little bit now. Check this out:

If you are making a right off a street and the oncoming traffic is making a left on the same street (remember folks, we drive on the left down here), you must yield to the oncoming traffic.

Has that sunk in? Do you understand that? You must pull out in front of the oncoming traffic at this point. Of course, you have to wait a second to make sure oncoming traffic doesn’t just slam through you. Therefore, everyone behind you must stop so as to not hit you. Therefore, EVERYONE STOPS.

Traffic comes to a big stupid screeching halt because one guy is making a left. Only about half the people on the road understand this rule, so the guy who has right of way always takes it real slow because he doesn’t want to get hit by the idiot that may or may not know the weird yield rule.

This rule goes against all natural (i.e. common sense) rules of the road. I’ve been hearing on the radio that they planned to change the rules. “FANTASTIC” I thought. No more waiting for useless traffic jams. They will finally bin (trash for you Americans) this silly road rule.

NZ Governement Rule Change AD FacebookSo I’m looking forward to this new rule change. Clicking through Facebook I notice an advertisement about the new rules.

The government (NZ fed) paid for an advertisement on Facebook (never mind how crazy it is that the government is advertising traffic rules on Facebook!) to bring you to this link.

Check it out.

THEY ARE CHANGING THE RULE TO THE FOOLISH WAY. Go to that link, play the game. Tell me you didn’t cause 100 accidents with the ridiculous space bar go button.

That’s right. They are changing it to be officially inefficient.

Rock on.

That being said. I took today’s featured image (the picture of the forest above) from the mountain bike trail (-36.868292,174.741313) in Auckland. This New Zealand place rocks, even if the road rules are silly.

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