1. What is the standard speed limit on Sunshine Coast roads?
The typical speed limit on urban roads in Sunshine Coast is 50km/h, and on most highways, it is 100km/h. Always adhere to the posted signs as speed limits may vary depending on the zone.
2. Do I need an international driver's license to drive?
If your driver's licence is in English, and valid, you can legally drive in Australia. Otherwise, you'll require an international driver's licence along with your existing licence from your home country.
3. Where are the speed cameras/radar traps located?
Fixed speed cameras are frequent on highways, major roads and intersections. Mobile speed cameras can be anywhere. Always maintain the speed limit to avoid penalties.
4. Are there toll roads in Sunshine Coast?
While Sunshine Coast itself does not have toll roads, you may encounter them when travelling to major cities like Brisbane.
5. What are some general driving rules I should be aware of?
Vehicle operators must drive on the left side of the road. Rules include: Do not exceed the speed limit, always give way to pedestrians, and signal properly before turning or changing lanes.
6. Is roadside assistance commonly available?
Yes, roadside service stations are readily accessible in case of sudden car breakdowns or emergencies.
7. Where are service stations located?
Service stations are spread across the Sunshine Coast and within urban areas. It's advisable to refill your car's tank when passing a service station during longer road-trips.
8. Which side of the road should I drive on?
In Australia, it is obligatory to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
9. Are the roads well-maintained in Sunshine Coast?
Most roads in the Sunshine Coast are in good condition and well-maintained, including both urban roads and highways.
10. Are there parking facilities available in Sunshine Coast?
Parking is readily available across Sunshine Coast, including public parking spaces, shopping centers, and some beaches. Check signage for any parking restrictions.
11. What’s the protocol if I get pulled over by the police?
Stay calm and follow the police officer's instructions. Offer your driver's license when asked. You have the right to know why you have been pulled over.
12. How are the traffic conditions in Sunshine Coast?
Traffic conditions are typically mild in the Sunshine Coast, however, expect heavier traffic during peak hours in urban areas and during holiday seasons.
13. How to handle car breakdowns?
If your car breaks down, pull over safely, turn on your hazard lights, and contact your car hire company immediately. Most offer 24/7 road assistance.
14. What are the rules about honking?
Only use your car's horn to get attention to avoid a dangerous situation. Honking should not be used as a greeting or to signal annoyance.
15. Are there any special rules for driving on rural roads?
The usual rules apply. However, extra caution should be taken due to the likelihood of encountering wildlife. Slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.