For Tourists: How to Drive Safely in Australia

Safe Driving in AustraliaApart from always keeping to your left, since Australians drive on the road’s left-hand side, you must observe the following road rules when driving in Australia to make sure you get to your destination safely.

In the City

– Make sure that you have your route perfectly planned out and always drive in the correct lane to prevent sudden changes.

– Be mindful or road markings and signals, including ‘No Entry’ signs, ‘One Way’ signs, ‘Pedestrian Crossing’, and ‘Shared Zone’.

– Be extra aware of speed limits in high-pedestrian traffic areas. If your car breaks down, be sure you have a reliable towing company to call.

On Main Roads

– Always drive according to the imposed speed limits and road conditions.

– You must increase your trailing distance behind the motorist in your front since you would need a longer time to stop since you’re driving relatively faster on main roads. In ideal conditions, allow for two seconds at the least between you and the motorist in front.

– Even if it’s your turn to go, always approach intersections with utmost care.

– Whenever possible, try to spot potential hazards ahead of the motorist you’re following so that you would have more time to react just in case.

– Try to be aware of what road users and motorists are doing.

– Plan your moves well in advance and provide ample warning and clear signals to other road users of what you’re planning on doing, like stopping, changing lanes and turning.

On Suburban Streets

– Always be alert when you drive close to parked vehicles since it would be harder to spot pedestrians, especially children if they’re crossing from behind a parked vehicle.

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– Take extra caution when driving within the vicinity of playgrounds and schools because kids are likely to be playing or walking around.

– Be extra careful at give way and stop signs, as well as unmarked intersections.

– Don’t ever drive faster than 50 kilometres per hour unless a sign says that you could otherwise.

It’s likewise critical to keep in mind that country or Outback driving is different from city driving. That said, regardless of what kind of driving you are planning on doing, always make sure that you’re well-rested. Take ample breaks, even as short as 15 minutes would do, at least every two hours and only drive for eight to 10 hours every day at most.