Motorways are designed so that traffic can flow with as little disruption as possible. On a motorway, you shouldn’t come across things that hold up traffic flow, such as intersections, turning vehicles, parked vehicles and pedestrians. 

Although the number of driving hazards are reduced on motorways, you still need to drive carefully as motorway traffic usually moves very quickly.

Motorway signs

Most motorway signs are green with white around the edges.

Pay special attention to signs that show the beginning and end of the motorway, as well as signs that show particular exits.

A green sign with text motorway ends

A green sign with the text Tawa, use left lane.

A green sign with text Exit, the number 8 and an arrow pointing to the upper left.

Safe driving on motorways

When driving on a motorway:

  • keep left, unless you're passing
  • watch for exit signs
  • get into the correct exit lane in plenty of time
  • signal for at least 3 seconds before you change lanes
  • you must not stop your vehicle, except in an emergency
  • you must not make a U-turn
  • you must not stop to drop off or pick up passengers
  • if you miss your exit, don’t stop and reverse – drive on to the next exit instead.