1. On which side of the road do Australians drive?
In Australia, you are required to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
2. What are the general speed limits in Australia?
In urban areas, the speed limit is generally 50km/h unless otherwise specified. On the open road, a limit of 100km/h is widely accepted unless signs indicate a different speed limit.
3. Are there many speed cameras in Wollongong?
Yes, speed cameras are utilised in Wollongong and throughout Australia to enforce speed limits. It is highly recommended to stay within the marked speed limits.
4. Do I need an international driver's license to drive in Australia?
If your driver's licence is not in English, you may need an international driver's licence. If your licence is in English, you may use it to drive in Australia.
5. How do tolls work in Australia?
All tolls in Australia are charged electronically to a linked account or pass. Some hire companies include tolls in their fees, while others may require you to pay them separately.
6. What are the basic traffic rules to follow in Australia?
You must obey all traffic signs, signals and road markings, give way to the right, give way at a roundabout to cars on your right and those already on the roundabout, and must not overtake other vehicles on the left.
7. What happens if I violate driving rules in Australia?
Violating driving rules can lead to fines or court penalties, and serious violations may lead to imprisonment or loss of your driving privilege in Australia.
8. Can I drive outside the city of Wollongong with my hire car?
Yes, you can drive outside Wollongong, but always verify with your hire company to understand any restrictions.
9. What are the child restraint laws in Australia?
Children up to the age of seven years must travel in a child restraint suitable for their age and size. Make sure to clarify with your hire company how they accommodate child restraints in their cars.
10. Are there any specific safety rules for driving in Australia?
Seatbelts are compulsory for all passengers, tiredness kills: take a break every two hours on long trips. And remember: no mobile phones, no drink driving, and slowing down in bad weather is expected.
11. What are some safe driving tips for Wollongong?
Always check the local weather conditions, be aware of road conditions in your area, and try to avoid driving in the rain or at night if conditions are not favourable.
12. How can I understand Australian road signs?
Road signs in Australia follow international conventions. If you're unsure, you can find a guide to road signs on various official Australian government websites.
13. Are there any rules about animals on the road?
In rural areas, beware of animals on the road. If safe, stop or swerve to avoid hitting them, but don't break the law or endanger yourself or other road users to avoid hitting an animal.
14. What are some tips for dealing with Australian traffic?
Avoid peak hours where possible, stay patient and courteous, and always plan your trip before departing, especially long journeys.
15. When do I need to use my car’s headlights?
In Australia, you must turn your headlights on at night and should use them during the day when visibility is reduced, such as in rain or fog.