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Driving safely in Australia

Sonder Safe   |   Feb 4, 2019 2:49:26 PM

It is essential to have an understanding of Australian road safety if you are planning to drive in Australia. Here are our top 10 tips for drivers in Australia to avoid any unnecessary fines or dangers.

1. Drive within the speed limit

The greatest threat on the road is speeding. Before you set out on the Australian roads it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with speed laws and ensure you follow the laws and the signs at all times.

2. Don’t drink and drive

There are very strict laws on drinking and drug use for drivers in Australia. Here are some suggestions to help avoid issues:

  • If you are going out with a group of friends, designate somebody to be the driver for the group
  • Use public transport or a taxi
  • Rather than coming home that night, stay over where you were out that night
  • Ask someone to pick you up

3. Avoid driving when you’re tired

We’re becoming increasingly aware of the risks of driving with fatigue and often people aren’t always aware of just how tired they are. The only real cure to fatigue driving is to sleep. Some tips to avoid fatigue driving:

  • Make sure you sleep for 7 to 8 hours before you go on a drive
  • Do not start driving after a long day of study or work
  • Take a break outside the car for 15 minutes every 2 hours you drive
  • Do not drive over 8 hours per day
  • Invite someone who can drive to go with you and share the driving
  • Have enough nutrition in your meals and eat enough meals, do not eat fatty food before driving
  • Try to avoid driving at night and never drive after drinking alcohol

4. Don’t use your mobile phone while driving

In Australia it’s illegal to hold a mobile phone while driving and there are expensive fines for mobile phone use. The laws are particularly strict for L and P plate holders who aren’t permitted to use their phones at all while driving, for example they’re not permitted to use car Bluetooth, GPS, and in car messaging.

5. Check the car you’re about to buy or rent

It’s important that you ensure any car is road worthy before you drive it, especially if you’re buying a second hand car. It might be worth engaging a professional to help you with this.


6. Long distance journeys

Before you set off for a long distance car journey, it’s worth ensuring that you are fully prepared for every eventuality. For example, ensuring that you have enough food, water and know where petrol stations will be along your route. If you’re driving through more rural areas be cautious of the Australian wildlife, there are often cases of car accidents involving Kangaroos crossing the road.

7. Safety crossing the rails

Many cities in Australia have their own train and tram networks, therefore it is inevitable that drivers have to cross the rails from time to time. It’s important that you follow the signage, rather than relying your decision completely on your own judgement.

8. Health requirements

This is most commonly applied to older drivers, however if you are concerned about your health conditions for driving, you could also have a check-up or call 13108 for professional advice.

9. Be considerate for others

Keep in mind that we are not the only one on the road, there are other drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, scooter riders and even horses in some area of the country. Driving considerately and keeping your mind sharp while driving is of vital importance for everyone’s safety.

10. Always have a Plan B ready

Apart from the above tips, you should always have an alternative plan B in case of unplanned change, for example if you feel too unwell to drive or if you decide to have a drink. If you follow the tips above and be always prepared, we believe you’d add more safety to the beautiful Australian roads.


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