Most important road rules
you need to know.
As a tourist or visitor, driving on roads that you are not familiar with can increase the risk of a crash so remember to be extra careful when driving on unfamiliar roads.
Here are a few of the most important to remember:
- Australian drivers drive on the left side of the road – no exceptions. Cars have their steering wheel on the right side and gear sticks are to the left of the driver.
- Seat belts must be worn whilst in a vehicle; this rule applies to drivers and passengers alike.
- Speed limits must never be exceeded.
- The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% throughout Australia. In some states, there is a zero limit for learners and provisional driver’s licence holders.
- It is not permitted to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving. This includes texting.
- Generally, drivers of vehicles should give way to pedestrians. The specifics will vary from place to place, but for the most part, you’ll need to give way at pedestrian crossings (Aussies like to call them ‘zebra’ crossings), children’s crossings, intersections, pedestrian lights, tram stops, footpaths and driveways, slip lanes, shared zones and when making a U-turn.
- When entering roundabouts, choose the correct lane and give right of way to the vehicles already in the roundabout. Learn more about navigating roundabouts when driving in Australia here.
- Car insurance is compulsory for all drivers in Australia.
- There are many weird and wonderful road signs posted across this weird and wonderful land. Take a picture have a laugh, but always heed their warnings when driving in Australia.
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Please read the following guide for more detailed information about the road rules and driving safely in Victoria and your responsibilities.