Australia is an extremely large country and is home to an expansive road network. Covering great distances is a necessity to travel between and around cities and towns.
In fact many drivers often find it tempting to drive longer distances at a time in order to fit more into holiday experiences. While this may sound appealing, in many cases it results in fatigue, loss of concentration and sometimes even serious injury.
Ensuring you are fresh at all times while driving will ensure that the time spent behind the wheel will be productive.
Spending less time behind the wheel also means that you can appreciate the Australian countryside more. Discovering great places to stay is sure to be a highlight of your holiday and will make it much more enjoyable.
However, driving long distances is sometimes necessary so it is important to keep several factors in mind:
- Stop, Revive and Survive! Make a stop every two hours to void fatigue.
- Share the driving with a second driver.
- Take care when driving at dawn or dusk as this is when the kangaroos come out to play.
- If you begin to feel sleepy, pull up and take advantage of your campervan and have a rest.
Australian road rules are generally easy to follow, with many of these general across the entire country. Some of the most basic Australian road rules to follow include:
- Drive on the left hand side of the road.
- All passengers and driver must wear a seat belt at all times while traveling.
- All speed limits are enforceable and are measures in kilometres/hour.
- On open roads, highways and freeways, the maximum speed limit is usually 100km/hour and on some roads, 110km/hour.
- In built up areas, the maximum speed limit is 50km/hour, unless otherwise signed.
- Always give way to the right.
- While driving, you must not have a blood alchohol limit above 0.05
- Driver must not drive under the influence of drugs.
In order to hire a campervan in Australia, the person hiring the vehicle (i.e. the driver) must possess a valid and current driver's license and must be aged between 21 and 75 years of age.
Interstate, Overseas or International driver's licenses are acceptable, however the license must be in the English language. If the license is not in English, ensure it is accompanied with an English translation.