Driving in Australia can be an enjoyable past time with the country’s long winding roads, lush nature, and breathtaking beauty. However, it can also be a great challenge especially if you are new in the country. Below are some tips and reminders when driving in Australia.
1. Australia uses a lot of roundabouts in place of 4-way stops. The rule is to let the people to the right go first and to signal and use the outside lane if you want to turn off the circle.
2. They have what is called special events parking restrictions which means that a regular parking spot can become a restricted parking spot overnight. When parking your car always keep an eye out for special events signage to avoid a hefty fine.
3. Having a driver’s license from another country printed in English allows you to drive in Australia. However, you can only drive the same class vehicle you are approved for in your country.
4. Seat belts are required for all passengers in the vehicle.
5. Stop often. If driving in the country to a far destination, for example to see some of the wonderful events in Perth, make sure you stop every few hours to grab a free coffee or tea and have some chitchat for a few minutes. This will also stop you from falling asleep at the wheel or spacing out.
6. As much as possible do not drive at dawn or dusk as this is the time that wildlife such as kangaroos and wombats come to life. These creatures could quickly jump in front of your car which could cause an unfortunate accident.