Air NZ to provide in-flight road safety tips

Passengers flying on Air New Zealand will soon get road safety tips before touching down on New Zealand soil.

The airline has today announced the release of two in-flight initiatives it will be introducing on international flights to help visitors understand the local road rules.

The Driving in New Zealand app will be available on board the airline's in-flight entertainment system; pointing out specific road rules, tips for driving locally and conditions. The app is in association with the New Zealand Transport Agency and is set to be launched on flights next month.

The second initiative is a series of short videos highlighting New Zealand road rules and giving an in-depth guide to driving here.

The videos were developed by Kiwi travel app CamperMate and will also be available via Air NZ's in-flight entertainment system in English, Chinese, French and German.

Air NZ head Christopher Luxon said it was important to provide such tools to visitors in order to improve safety on the roads.

"A third of all international visitors arrive in New Zealand on Air New Zealand flights and providing customers on our international services access to information on driving in New Zealand before they arrive is a great way of communicating important safety messages and playing our part in improving road safety."

Air New Zealand's announcement for such initiatives follows a number of high-profile car crashes - some fatal - involving tourists over the past year.

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