Ensure you get it right when you drive in Australia. Read our tips for an easy car rental getaway...
Renting a car in Australia is easy. Driving is on the left, just as it is in the UK, making it a very familiar experience for many. Certainly in towns and cities and on all major roads you will find driving easy.
However, once you exit the city and get into the outback or less populated areas, you may well find that roads are no longer tarmac and instead are dirt roads. Ensure you know where you are turning off all main roads and that you have sufficient fuel and food in case the next stop is a long way off. Also, if you are planning to go 'off road', ensure you have hired a car suitable for this task and you have agreed with your rental company that you will stray from the tarmac roads.
Don't underestimate the distance in Australia. What may look like a short hop on the map can in fact be hundreds of miles. Whilst the road quality is excellent, many of the long distance roads are straight and long and it's easy to lose concentration, so plan these drives carefully to allow for rest breaks.
Fuel is sold in litres and is available as both unleaded and leaded as appropriate. Most gas stations will take both credit and debit cards, as well as cash.
You will also need to be aware of the road signs warning of everything from kangaroos to cattle on the roads. Look out for road trains too. These are huge lorries, far bigger than those we see in the UK, and require plenty of space for overtaking. Always leave sufficient room behind them in case of sudden braking.
Seat belts are compulsory, as in the UK, and drink driving is strictly forbidden. In fact, you may often see an entire flow of traffic stopped while police select cars for random breathalysing with their famous 'Booze Buses'.