youíre used to driving in the UK Ė or any
country that drives on the left Ė chances
are you wonít have many problems driving
in Australia. But like anywhere, it pays
to know about the local rules and road signs
before you get behind the wheel.
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Key rules, regulations and
things to know
on the left,
on the right. If
youíve got more than one lane to choose
from the remain in the lane on the left
nearest the curb unless youíre overtaking.
is a huge country (continent) and distances
between most cities are very long. As in
is often a lot more convenient to take a
plane or even a train than drive.
Random breath testing is common and penalties
for driving over the limit are heavy, so
it is better to avoid alcohol completely
if youíre driving.
Limit is 0.02
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Speed Limits: All
speeds and distance are in km/h.
aware of changing speed limits. Many urban
areas in Australia now impose limits of
(30mph) per hour in residential areas, with
lower limits of 25km/h
per hour around schools and other areas
at certain times of day. Signage should
tell you what the limits are and when they
apply. To view varios speed limits summary
Here There are differences between the
states and links to individual websites
can be found Here
Give way to the right at
roundabouts and intersections. Exceptions
apply if road signs or traffic lights tell
you otherwise, or other drivers have been
pulled up by a STOP
or GIVE WAY sign when you havenít.
phones: These must not be used while
you are driving unless it is a hands free
model fitted to the dashboard or similar
area of the vehicle. Don't risk using one
as you can receive a heavy fine in most
countries and more
important cause a serious accident.
beep your horn
unless youíre warning other drivers of imminent
must be worn by the driver and all passengers
at all times. And if youíre travelling with
a baby or young child, make sure theyíre
travelling in an approved car or booster
Speeds and distances on road signs appear
in kilometres. Not miles.
at marked crossings have right of way. Driving
over a pedestrian crossing if people are
already on it or waiting to cross is illegal.
Check payment methods for toll roads in
advance. Some Australian toll roads no longer
accept cash payments. Instead, youíll need
an e-Tag (an encoded magnetic card) or a
temporary e-Pass registration to pay. Ask
your rental company for advice when you
pick up your car, or check
the links below
to see how tolls apply to your planned routes.
the centre line on your side of the road
is yellow and unbroken, you canít overtake.
Itís illegal (and usually dangerous) to
You must come to a complete stop at a STOP
sign. If cars are coming, then you
must give way to them.
donít have to come to a complete stop at
a GIVE WAY sign
if the coast is clear. But you do have to
slow down and check for oncoming traffic
before you proceed.
A NO STANDING
sign means exactly that. If you see this
sign, you can stop briefly to let passengers
in and out of your car, but thatís it.
signs also mean exactly that. Exceptions
apply only if youíre dealing with a medical
Make sure you park on the left, so that
youíre not facing traffic. You canít
park where signs say LOADING
ZONE, unless youíre collecting or
picking up some kind of cargo. Large vehicles
are generally free to do this without question,
but you may be asked to explain yourself
if youíre in a normal passenger car.
Watch out for wildlife. Wombats, koalas
are just a few of the native and farm animals
that are known to cross roadways throughout
the country. Signage will generally indicate
what you need to look out for where.
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA)
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in cars: From 1st
October 2015 drivers in England and Wales
will be banned from smoking in cars carrying
children under the age of 18. The law aims
to protect young people under 18 from second-hand
smoke. Similar bans are already in place
in the United States, Canada and Australia.
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driving tips -
Unlike most Australian states, you canít
do a u-turn at traffic lights in Adelaide.
out for people getting of the trams in Melbourne
youíre driving into Sydney city get in the
right lane at the toll booths. You donít
want to end up going through a tunnel and
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roads are very straight. Take a rest every
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kangaroo suicide rate is high. Watch out
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Rules & regulations - New South wales
Northern Territory Road Users' Handbook
Licensing -Department of Transport &
Main Roads - Queensland
in South Australia
of Western Australia - Motoring
and regulations can change by state. See
more links below for specific
Drink Drive Laws - Examples of what
can be drunk at present
is not a lot and in some countries
even to drink the glass on the right
would be breaking the law if you
drove afterwards in others a sip
would be too much see
a sip will send you over the limit
and invalidate your insurance in
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Jordan and Nigeria, according to
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a comprehensive guide."
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the guide below for further information
following websites are provided by the various
Australian state governments, and feature
comprehensive information about road rules,
tolls and traffic conditions. Some are aimed
more at learner drivers, while others (such
as the NSW, Victorian and Queensland sites)
have specific sections designed for tourists.
and Traffic Authority, NSW
Transport: Driving with a foreign licence
Safety (South Australia)
Territory Road Usersí Handbook
road rules, Western Australia (PDF)
Road Rules Handbook
Donít forget your car hire excess insurance
and buy it before you set off