What to Know about the Driving Culture in Australia
If you are looking to head to Australia for a holiday, it is important to have knowledge about the Driving culture in Australia. There are unique things to learn, from the left-hand traffic to specific terms that may sound unfamiliar out of Australia. If you prepare yourself well, you can enjoy the best Australia car rental experience!
Important Things to Know about Australia’s Driving Culture
Getting yourself used with the left-hand traffic may be difficult if you come from countries with right-hand traffic, but as long as you remember where to go before making a turn, you will do pretty well. However, there are other things you must also remember:
People from abroad are often made flabbergasted by traffic and vehicle terms in Australian roads. Expect to hear words such as windscreen (windshield), boot (trunk), “hire” a car (instead of “rent” a car), petrol (gas/gasoline), and NO STANDING (a term that means you cannot park your vehicle on a spot designated for passengers to in and out of a car).
Most tollways in Australia accept cashless payment, so you can prepare electronic toll tag such as E-Way, Beep Tag, E-Tag and such. This tag is to be placed on the windscreen and you can get information on it from RC9. However, some tollways still accept cash, so make sure you carry some small changes in the local Australian currency!
Roundabout can be a bit confusing if you are new in an area or country, but there are some tips for this. Since the Aussie roundabout follows clockwise direction, you should stay on the left for turning left and right for turning right or straight ahead, but this is in a two-lane roundabout. Also, the new law in New South Wales requires all drivers and motorists to give a left signal before exiting a roundabout.
If you are driving on the highway, you must always stay on the left side, unless you want to overtake another vehicle.
In 2003, New South Wales stated 50 km/hour as urban speed limit, so always remember this when driving.
In Australia, you can park as long as you need on the parking station with an hourly rate. Parking off-street is allowed as long as there are no restriction signs such as NO PARKING or NO STANDING. Prepare $1 and $2 coins if you need to park near a meter.
As long as you stay calm and follow general traffic rules, you should be quick to adapt the driving culture in Australia!
What to Face on the Australian Road
Australian drivers are generally nice, but there have been increasing rate of road rage for the past several years, so it is best to stay cool and be safe rather than following your emotion on the road. Putting the seatbelt is mandatory at all times and if someone in your car does not wear one, you as a driver will also be responsible. Remember that the police have the right to stop you and do breath-test to make sure you do not drink and drive. If you are still unsure about driving culture in Australia, you can always contact us RC9’s helpline for more information!