Road Safety FAQs in Australia

Below are some Road Safety FAQs in Australia to make your driving holiday in Australia more enjoyable and safer:

Is an international driver’s licence needed to drive in Australia?

Yes. Driving in Australia requires a valid international driving permit. This must be accompanied by the driver’s licence that was issued in the country in which you live.

On which side of the street do Australians drive?

On two-way roads in Australia, drivers keep on the left side. If you are not used to driving on the left, ask your travelling companions to remind you each time you set off and while making a turn at an intersection. Where possible, always use pedestrian crossings and when crossing the street, remember to look to the right, then to the left and to the right again.

Can a car be hired in Australia?

Renting a car can be tremendously cost effective when travelling around Australia by road. However, there are some common requirements right across the car rental industry when you are renting a car in Australia. These include having a valid driver’s licence, a passport for identification purpose and a credit card to use as a type of security.

The majority of major global car rental companies can be found in Australia, including Thrifty, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Budget.

Is not wearing a seatbelt illegal?

Yes. Wearing a seatbelt is required for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle. It is also required that children under the age of 7 be placed in a child restraint that is suitable for the size and weight of the child.

What are the speed limits in Australia?

In Australia, speed limits are enforced strictly. The speed limit is basically the maximum speed allowed on a particular road and this should be adhered to at all times. There are some roads that are without visible speed limit signs; however, the speed limit still applies. You should be particularly careful in school zones and in residential areas.

What are the rules governing driving and drinking alcohol?

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is hazardous and Australia has extremely serious penalties for those caught doing so. While driving in Australia, you are not allowed to operate a vehicle with blood alcohol level at 0.05 per cent or above.

Those with a provisional or probationary driver’s licence should have a zero blood alcohol level when driving. Driving after drug use that affects your driving ability is illegal and severe penalties are attached.

Can my mobile phone be used while driving?

No. When driving, you are not allowed to use handheld mobile phones. This includes receiving or making calls, browsing the web, texting or playing games.

Do Australia’s roads have rest areas?

Travelling long distances in Australia is common. Therefore, planning your journey to include rest breaks is wise. It is also smart to ensure you have sufficient petrol for your trip. There are rest areas conveniently located every 80 to 100 kilometres (49 to 62 miles) on main roads and highways.

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