- Vehicles are driven on the Left side of the road in Australia.
On dual carriageways and other multilane roads a ‘keep left’ rule is enforced.
- Most of the road signs are universal and easily identifiable.
- The speed limit on city roads is 50km/h per hour (previously 60km/hr) Most residential roads are signposted at 50 km/h with school areas 40 km/h.
- The maximum speed allowed on open roads is 110km/h per road. Vehicles towing trailers are limited to 100km/h.
- Other roads have speed limits visible that should be obeyed.
- Multinova Radar Cameras are in operation on most of the main roads and traffic police also have hand held radar guns to enforce speed limits.
- Seat belts must be worn by both drivers and front and rear passengers.
- Baby-seats required for young children.
- The legal blood alcohol level in WA is .05, .02 for probation drivers.
The WA Police Service is vigilant against drunk drivers and every patrol car is equipped with breath testing units.
Here are a few tips you should be aware of:
- If there is a vehicle approaching you, must move to the left hand side of the road so that two left hand tyres are on the gravel.
When you have passed the other vehicle, move straight back onto the bitumen.
- Please also move over for overtaking traffic.
- Have your lights on all the time.
- Consider that driving at dawn or dusk could be difficult for the driver driving into the sun so be aware that his/her vision could be limited.
- Driving at night - watch out for Kangaroos which may be crossing the road.
Once you have seen one, be aware that there will often be a second one.
- If possible plan not to drive at night very often.
- Gravel roads: Many of the roads in the country areas of WA are gravel.
If you are not familiar with them, for your own safety please drive slowly, especially when the roads are wet and slippery.
- NEVER think that you are the only one driving on the road.
- - it may feel like it at times :-)
- Always approach crossroads with as much respect as if you were driving in the city.
If you are driving, you should ensure your vehicle is reliable and carries the necessary spare equipment, such as spare tyres, tools, first aid kit, water and fuel - (especially when you are in the more remote areas of the state). In the event of a breakdown, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
If you like you can become a member of an automobile association. They are relatively cheap to join.
For a comprehensive set of Australian Road Rules see the NRTC website (National Road Transport Commission).