Road Safety in Australia
If you are immigrating or even just visiting Australia, it is advisable that you know what the rules and regulations are regarding driving on the roads.
Driving in Australia
If you are planning on driving in Australia, you need to be in possession of an international driving permit, as well as a driving license from your country of origin.
Australians drive on the left hand side of the road, not the right like in many other countries around the world. It is advisable that you remind yourself of this every time before you get into a car to go somewhere.
Seatbelts and child restraints
Everyone who is in a car needs to wear seatbelts and children who are under the age of 7 must be in the appropriate child restraint. The age, size and weight of the child will determine which restraint needs to be used.
Obey the road signs
You will need to make yourself familiar with the different road signs that are in Australia and you need to make sure that you obey them at all times.
When there is a centre line marking on a road that is solid, no one may cross it. If the line is broken, traffic may cross it when it is safe to do so. If there are two solid lines in the middle of the road, it means that nobody may cross it from either side of the road. The arrows that are painted on the road are there to show you which direction you need to drive in.
Speed limits are enforced in Australia
Australia is very strict when it comes to the speed limits on roads. The maximum speed at which you may drive on a particular road is clearly marked on signs next to the road and it is in your best interest to obey them. You should be extra carefull in school zones and residential areas.
Alcohol and drugs
If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you can be sure that you will be penalized for doing so. The blood alcohol level in Australia is 0.05 per cent, which means that yours may not be higher than that if you are stopped.