Tourist Driving in Australia

When you travel to Australia, you have an opportunity to see places unlike anywhere else in the world. You will miss the real Australia if you fly, as most tourists do. My suggestion is to check on car hire Sydney companies and get a rate per day. Once you have that information, check on car rental Melbourne rates. Sometimes car hire Sydney rates are less per day. Other times you will find car rental Melbourne rates by day are lower. Either location has rates less than the U.K., Canada or the United States.

You need to know a few peculiarities of driving in Australia. If you are from the U.K., you will have no problem. If you are from North America or Europe, you will need to adjust to driving on the left side of the highway. As most roads have two-way traffic, with no median, understanding the difference is important.

Do not fret about the difference, as there is one simple rule to remember that will keep you headed in the correct direction and on the correct side of the road. No matter where you are in the world, while driving keep the center part of the road on the driver’s side of the car. It is just that simple.

The only other critically different thing to learn, before you start out in your car rental Melbourne is this. In Melbourne, they have a tram system. When you want to turn to the right, from the left side of the road you must make a turn called a “hook turn.”

As you approach the intersection, pull your car hire Sydney into the far left lane. Wait for the traffic lights to turn red, then immediately proceed into your right hand turn. Why is this important? This is critical as turning from the right lane in the left sided traffic on a green light, as you would do in London or Sydney, will put your car right in the path of a charging Melbourne tram. Follow these Ozzie driving trips and you car hire Sydney will be a success.


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