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General and advisory signs in New Zealand

General advisory signs are usually (with a couple of exceptions) white with a black border and black writing.

New_Zealand_IG-1_(black_variant).svg 120px-New_Zealand_IG-1.svg New_Zealand_IG-1_(blue_variant).svg No exit signs. The blue and black variants are not official versions and it’s unlikely you’ll see them frequently, if at all
New_Zealand_IG-10.svg New_Zealand_IG-9_(2_km).svg New_Zealand_IG-9_(1_km).svgNew_Zealand_IG-9_(300m).svg New_Zealand_IG-8_(10_km).svg New_Zealand_IG-8_(5_km).svg New_Zealand_IG-8_(2_km).svg Slow vehicle bays – short stretches where slow vehicles can pull over to let faster vehicles past – as indicated. If you are holding up traffic, use these to let people pass you
New_Zealand_IG-7_(300m).svg New_Zealand_IG-7_(200m).svg New_Zealand_IG-7_(150m).svg New_Zealand_IG-7_(100m).svg New_Zealand_IG-7_(50m).svg Passing bays are areas where slower vehicles can move over to let faster vehicles pass
New_Zealand_IG-6_(400m).svg New_Zealand_IG-6_(300m).svg New_Zealand_IG-6_(200m).svg New_Zealand_IG-6.1_(2_km).svg New_Zealand_IG-6.1_(1_km).svg Passing lanes, which are extended lengths of two lanes where slower vehicles can let faster vehicles pass, including how far it is to the lane. Usually you will see a lane indicated at two and one km, and then at 400m. If there are multiple passing lanes close together you may see the 100m, 200m and 300m signs as one passing lane ends.
New_Zealand_IG-5_(right).svg New_Zealand_IG-5_(left).svg Heavy vehicles can take a different route – a bypass – with the direction shown on the sign
New_Zealand_IG-4_(300m).svg New_Zealand_IG-4_(200m).svg Signs showing how far it is until the heavy vehicle bypass
New_Zealand_IG-3.svg This sign will be shown in conjunction with a level crossing sign and defines when bells are turned off. Regardless of the time, you should always look left and right before crossing a railway crossing, but be aware that, perhaps because of houses close by, bells will not sound to warn of approaching trains between 9:30pm to 7am at this crossing
New_Zealand_IG-2.svg This sign indicates that left turning traffic may proceed, subject to the give way rules and whether there are pedestrians on the road. You will most often find this sign on a left turn where straight through and right-turning traffic has to stop for a traffic light
New_Zealand_General_Advisory_-_Railway_Not_In_Use.svg If you have to cross a railway at a level crossing where the railway is no longer in use you may see this sign
New_Zealand_IG-19_(veer_right).svg New_Zealand_IG-19_(veer_left).svg New_Zealand_IG-19_(turn_right).svg New_Zealand_IG-19_(turn_left).svg Stock effluent disposal points are in the direction indicated by the arrow
New_Zealand_IG-18_(turn_right_300m).svg New_Zealand_IG-18_(turn_left_300m).svg A stock effluent disposal point can be found by turning in the direction indicated in 300m
New_Zealand_IG-18_(on_right_300m).svg New_Zealand_IG-18_(on_left_300m).svg A stock effluent disposal point is located in 300m on the left or right, as indicated
New_Zealand_IG-17.svg Engine braking (compression braking or ‘jake’ brake) should not be used for the next 4km. These signs are usually found in urban areas where the additional noise of the engine brake will disturb residents
New_Zealand_General_Advisory_-_Cyclists_Cross_Here_With_Care_(left).svg New_Zealand_General_Advisory_-_Cyclists_Cross_Here_With_Care_(right).svg New_Zealand_General_Advisory_-_Cyclists_Use_Left_Shoulder.svg New_Zealand_General_Advisory_-_Cyclists_Use_Ramp.svg Signs showing where bicycles can cross or which part of the road they should use
New_Zealand_IG-11_(right).svg New_Zealand_IG-11_(left).svg Signs indicating a construction zone to the left or right, as indicated

Now you know about general advisory signs, why not check out these parking signs, or these regulatory signs.

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Darren is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

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