Murray River: 13 Very Important Road Travel Safety Pointers

Whatever you intend to do during the holiday, be it a family escapade on a houseboat in the Murray River; a tour to museums, national parks, and other historic structures; or outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, canoeing, or golfing, you need to take note of the following road travel safety tips and road conditions in most of Australia.

o It is highly advised to get an international license (unless yours is accepted in Australia) from your local automobile association before your departure

o Speed limits vary from one state to another but generally it’s 100-110 khp (62-68 mph) on highways and 50-50 kph (31-37 mph) on the settled areas. American and European highway systems and traffic volumes are different from Australian.

o Australian traffic drives on the left side of the road.

o Never hitch-hike because it’s illegal.

o All drivers travelling in New South Wales have to have a green slip.

o Fatigue is the most serious danger on the road. Stop over to grab a drink or take a rest after driving for several hours.

o It is illegal to leave children and pets locked inside vehicles. In a very hot weather, they can be dehydrated very quickly.

o Be very careful when driving on country road at night in a cold weather. Animals like kangaroos or cattle lie on the surfaces of the road to receive warmth for the night. Car lights can blind and alarm these animals which could make them run into your car as they run away from it.

o When you are travelling on outback roads, be cautious about dust as it can obscure your vision. Never take risks, slow down or stop and wait for it to settle.

o When you are travelling on rough and bumpy roads, always perform a vehicle check before proceeding to the next road.

o When you are traveling on remote outback roads, always advise someone at your destination about your expected arrival time and the number of people in your group. If your group wasn’t able to arrive within a reasonable time, help procedures can be performed. Never leave your automobile, as missing vehicles can be spotted a lot faster and easier compared to missing individuals.

o Do not attempt to cross flooded rivers or causeways especially if you’re not sure how deep the water is and if there are any damage on the road. Know that most flash floods recede within 24 hours.

o Be extra careful when you are using a road shared with road-trains. Always give a road train plenty of room as the hammering sound can be pretty severe. Give at least 1 km (3,000 feet) of clear road prior to overtaking a road train.

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