Australian Road Safety
No matter if you are travelling on a street you frequently visit or you are venturing to an unfamiliar location, being complacent when it comes to road safety will endanger your life as well as the lives of others.
So take a moment to check out our safety tips and information and brush up on the things you may have forgotten when it comes to being a safe driver.
We also have dedicated safety details for each state that can be accessed by selecting your location from the map provided.
Basic Rules to Remember
As time goes by and our confidence with driving grows, we can sometimes become complacent about the most basic road rules.
So here are some of the basic driving rules that many of us are guilty of breaking.
- You must give way to the right at unsigned cross intersections.
- You must abide by traffic signs, lights, and road markings - this includes the yellow lines that outline 'no standing'.
- You must obey the speed limit - don't forget unsigned roads in built up areas fall under the default speed limit of 50km per hour.
- A STOP sign means that all wheels of your vehicle must come to a complete halt.
- Always indicate to advise drivers of your intentions.
- You cannot make a u-turn at a set of traffic lights, unless a sign permits so.
- Car horns are only to be used as a warning device.
Top Driving Tips For International Visitors
Travelling to Australia from overseas and new to the Aussie driving experience?
If so, set some time aside to review the road rules to ensure you have a safe journey. Review a few of our top safety tips below that are designed to help you to achieve great memories of your driving adventures rather than reciting an accident or big fine story.
- Drive on the left hand side of the road.
- Seatbelts are required to be worn by the driver and all passengers.
- Mobile phones are not allowed to be used while driving.
- Rules apply in each state and territory regarding child seat restraints.
- You must hold a valid driver licence to operate a vehicle in Australia.
- Blood alcohol level limits are in place and these limits are associated with the current driver licence held by the driver.
- All speed signs are to be obeyed.
- Vehicles share the road with heavy machinery and trucks, motorcycles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
- Give way to emergency vehicles and always be vigilant of their presence.
Stopping Distances - Road Safety Message
Access Even More Helpful Tips
At Car Rental Buddy, we strive to provide as much information as possible to help you with your road travel journeys.
Our blog has a range of great topics and some of them relate to road safety.
Here are a few articles that we have selected as our 'top picks' for offering important information to help you with staying safe on our roads.
- Headlights Increase Safe Driving During Winter Months
- Quick Safety Tip: Holding the Steering Wheel Correctly
- Outback Driving Quick Tip: Driver Visibility
- Correct Use of Car Lights
- Know Your Blind Spots
- Crossing Safety
- Quick Tip: Be Vigilant of Heavy Vehicle Signage
- Sharing the Road With Road Trains
- Keep Left Unless Overtaking
Please Note: Car Rental Buddy provides the above information as a resource only. We advise readers to view the current and up-to-date road safety guides and road rules for each State by visiting their associated transport website.