Driving around Australia is an awesome experience. To help you relax and enjoy the drive here are some basic road rules to follow.
Drive on the left
In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road. If you’re not use to it this maybe practice driving on a quiet street prior to going out onto the motor ways or busier roads.
Wear your seatbelt
Everyone in the vehicle must wear a seat belt when the vehicle is moving.
Always carry a copy of your driver licence in English. If using an international permit, you must also carry your original driver licence. Awesome Campers hires to anyone between the ages of 21 and 76 with a valid driver’s licence.
Drive no faster than the speed limit signs allow; and slower in rain or fog.
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. For experienced drivers the blood alcohol level is 0.05. Provisional drivers and young drivers may not have any alcohol before driving.
The use of Mobile phones while driving is an offence in Australia and is very hefty fines.
Fatigue causes many crashes in Australia. When driving long distances, stop and rest every 2 hours. Rest areas are places where you can park safely, get out of your car and refresh yourself before continuing on your journey. They are available 24 hours a day all year round and are clearly signposted. Driver Reviver sites operate across Australia at peak holiday periods. They offer a safe place to stop for a biscuit and a cup of Bushells tea or coffee.
Australia is a huge country with only a few cities, so on your road trip, you will most likely travel through some remote areas. Driving in the outback or rural Australia requires having awareness of different road conditions and scenarios. For your own safety, you should never risk driving on dirt or unsealed roads, as this is where there is the biggest possibility for rollover accidents or damage to the vehicle. Driving at night, and particularly at dusk and dawn, can be extremely hazardous in Australia, as this is when the most wildlife will be out. Never attempt to swerve your vehicle to avoid an animal, as this is likely to risk rolling the vehicle.
All traffic must proceed in a clockwise direction in a roundabout. A vehicle already on a roundabout has right of way over any vehicles entering.
Australia is a land of many extreme weather conditions, which at times are very unpredictable. Cyclones, bushfires, heavy storms, and flooding are common in certain locations and certain times of the year. Always check local weather conditions before heading off on your journey and avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.
After Long Flights
If you will be arriving on long-haul flights we recommend you plan to spend your first night in Australia in your arrival city to ensure that you are rested after your flight.