Driving in Australia
Before making the decision to drive in Australia please make yourself aware of the Australian road laws. We want to help your journey be smooth, hassle free and safe. To do this it is important that you abide by the Australian laws and are aware of Australian driving conditions. Please familiarise yourself with the few tips beneath and educate yourself further if necessary.
You must abide by the following advice when you drive in Australia.
Drive on the Left: Motorists drive on the left side of the road in all of Australia. Drivers should always take the left lane of any highway, unless in the act of overtaking.
Limits on Speed: The maximum speed allowed on any road is indicated on signage displayed at the side of the road. These speeds are generally between 50kilometres per hour (kph) and 70kph in town and city areas and up to 110kph on highways. Speed limits must be obeyed at all times. There is sophisticated equipment used to detect speeds of drivers. Any fines imposed upon you while driving are the sole responsibility of the driver.
Child Restraints and Safety Belts: Australian driving laws are strict on wearing seat belts while driving. A seat belt must be on before turning the vehicle on. Seat belts are applicable for both front and rear seated occupants of the vehicle. Child constraints are necessary for children.
Drink Driving:Drink driving is a serious offence. Police are free to stop any driver at random and breathalysedrivers for alcohol consumption. The legal limit is 0.5. If a driver is found to be driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol heavy fines and possible imprisonment may be enforced.
Road Trains: Road trains are quite common in Queensland and they often reach upto 50 metres in length. Do not try to overtake or even drive along side a train.This is very dangerous and can be fatal.
Outback Roads: Queensland experiences extreme climates.While the minor roads are easily passable in the dry season but in the wet seasons these roads may disappear. It is important to take a stock of the road conditions when you switch from highways to outback roads.
Driving Licence: If you are an International citizen make sure you have a valid overseas driving licence. An English version of the license should be obtained where possible.
Petrol Station: Plan for the petrol stations along the route. There are stretches along the highways where petrol stations may be considerable distances apart. Make sure you plan the travel route accordingly.
Driver Fatigue: Statistics suggest that many accidents are caused by driver fatigue. Ideally you should take a 15 minute break after every 2 hours journey. This practice should be followed even when you are very close to your destination.