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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2019, 08:48:17 AM »

Could whoever's posting these label them briefly? Trying to go back to find a particular video means I have to watch them again.
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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2019, 01:26:44 PM »

Those roads are so American-looking, I'd probably forget to drive on the left side!  Do the variable speed limit signs actually flash, or is that something to do with the camera?

Interestingly, freeways look pretty similar the world over!
A roadgeek can tell the difference!  That said, New Zealand freeway signage is remarkably similar to MUTCD signage - definitely some inspiration from the US there!
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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2019, 05:27:56 PM »

Those roads are so American-looking, I'd probably forget to drive on the left side!  Do the variable speed limit signs actually flash, or is that something to do with the camera?
Interestingly, freeways look pretty similar the world over!
A roadgeek can tell the difference!  That said, New Zealand freeway signage is remarkably similar to MUTCD signage - definitely some inspiration from the US there!
Well, I can see differences from state to state, each one has their nuances.

But in general, when I see freeways on the other side of the world, whether it is Chile, Australia, Algeria, etc., I see similar design characteristics.

Right drive versus left drive doesn't really change the basic design of the freeway.
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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2019, 09:05:36 PM »

Those roads are so American-looking, I'd probably forget to drive on the left side!  Do the variable speed limit signs actually flash, or is that something to do with the camera?
Interestingly, freeways look pretty similar the world over!
A roadgeek can tell the difference!  That said, New Zealand freeway signage is remarkably similar to MUTCD signage - definitely some inspiration from the US there!
Well, I can see differences from state to state, each one has their nuances.

But in general, when I see freeways on the other side of the world, whether it is Chile, Australia, Algeria, etc., I see similar design characteristics.

Right drive versus left drive doesn't really change the basic design of the freeway.
I guess you're not a sign geek.  The point is that, because of NZ's signage patterns, one could easily mistake themselves for driving in the states (especially when near a right exit).  They basically copied the MUTCD for their guide signs, and literally the only differences between their freeways and ours are the lack of yellow strips for the inner shoulder, use of metric, and that they drive on the left.  That it.  Nothing else.  They even use route number/direction for navigation rather than control cities, which is not as common as one would think.  Australia doesn't.  Nowhere is Europe does.  Mexico doesn't.  South Africa doesn't.  Israel doesn't.  The UAE does not appear to.  The only country I could find that does outside of the US, Canada, and New Zealand is South Korea.
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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2019, 12:26:34 AM »

They basically copied the MUTCD for their guide signs, and literally the only differences between their freeways and ours are the lack of yellow strips for the inner shoulder, use of metric, and that they drive on the left.  That it.  Nothing else.

New Zealand does use red paint on the shoulder of some of their motorways (akin to some UK motorways), but I do not know the significance of the paint. That's the only other difference I can think of.
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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2019, 07:49:04 PM »

They basically copied the MUTCD for their guide signs, and literally the only differences between their freeways and ours are the lack of yellow strips for the inner shoulder, use of metric, and that they drive on the left.  That it.  Nothing else.

New Zealand does use red paint on the shoulder of some of their motorways (akin to some UK motorways), but I do not know the significance of the paint. That's the only other difference I can think of.
Did not notice that, unless it was in a work zone.

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Re: New Zealand highway forum?
« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2019, 12:24:29 AM »

They basically copied the MUTCD for their guide signs, and literally the only differences between their freeways and ours are the lack of yellow strips for the inner shoulder, use of metric, and that they drive on the left.  That it.  Nothing else.

New Zealand does use red paint on the shoulder of some of their motorways (akin to some UK motorways), but I do not know the significance of the paint. That's the only other difference I can think of.
Did not notice that, unless it was in a work zone.

I got this wrong. It's not actually red paint. It's actually a sort of high-traction surface applied only sometimes (sometimes both shoulders, sometimes none, etc):

This is from the Hayr Road overpass, above the South Western Freeway in Auckland:

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