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GENERAL RULES FOR DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA

Drinking and Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Australia. The blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.05% in Australia. We recommend not drinking at all if you are driving in Australia, police will conduct random breathalyzer tests on major routes and city streets and drivers can be pulled over for no reason.

GPS

It is a good idea to have a GPS navigation system when renting a car in Australia. The vast size of the country and congested roads in the cities can make it difficult for a first-time driver to navigate. A GPS system can also help drivers that are not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road.

Cell Phones

It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone when driving in Australia. Drivers cannot make or receive calls (unless using Bluetooth or hands-free), texting, browsing the web or playing games on a cell phone or any other handheld device.

Seat Belts

All drivers and passengers in a vehicle are required by law to wear a seat belt in Australia. It is the driver`s responsibility to ensure all passengers are buckled safely by a seat belt. The driver will be fined ($250 and upwards) if anyone is caught not wearing a seatbelt.

Accidents

If you are involved in a minor accident you and the other driver can sort it out yourselves. If you are involved in an accident involving injury or death, the police and appropriate emergency authorities should be contacted. You can reach the emergency services by dialing 000 in Australia, or dial 112, the GSM standard emergency number.