The give way rule.

For my first few years in New Zealand, I didn’t drive. Wellington is a compact city, so I walked, or I took the train.

Driving on the wrong side of the road was just too intimidating for this fragile migrant's state of mind.

And there was the unusual give-way rule. When Adam turned right at intersections BEFORE the cars turning left, I was understandably confused.

“Adam, you didn’t have the right of way back there!”

“Yes, I did.”

“Are you sure?”

New Zealand motorists were required to give way to all traffic on the right.

But tomorrow, New Zealand will change this rule of the road. Instead of giving way at an intersection to traffic on the right, we will now do the OPPOSITE.

Source: TVNZ

The change is taking place because after 35 years on the books, everyone still found the give-way rule confusing.

Accidents are expected as motorists try to get up to speed with the change. But as accidents frequently occur at intersections anyway, we will risk this confusion for the greater good and tourism.

Kiwis are of course smarter than most. Someday we'll understand the new give-way rule.

In the interim, the exciting game of chance at our intersections keeps our pulses racing.

Does the other driver know the new give-way rule? How long should we wait before we turn? Motorists, place your bets.

I have a bad feeling about this.