Whether you live in Australia or just visiting, It’s important to know the rules or you may find yourself losing riding time on the side of the road meeting some or the ride as well losing money.
The first link is the overview for Australia. The details may be a little old but they provide the starting point. Australian Road Rules.
Now we move onto each of the Australian States as each have their own variations and they are helpful to know when traversing state borders. Only travelling to Tasmania requires water transport so it is easy to cross the borders but beware, the distances are large.
The Australian Capital Territory – ACT Road Rule Handbook 2017
Northern Territory – NT Road Rules. This has varies links besides the basic rules.
South Australian – SA Road Rules.
Tasmanian – TAS Road Rules.
Victorian – Vic Road Rules.
Western Australia – WA Road Rules.
If you are visiting Australia, remember we drive / ride on the left hand side of the road.
When riding or driving in another country we often become confused at intersections and exiting car parks and driveways. Pedestrians also get used to looking a certain way before crossing a street. Here are a few tips to get you over the shock of driving on the wrong side of the road.
I’ll begin with Right hand drive countries i.e Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand and The United Kingdom.
In these countries we drive on the left side of the road. This means that pedestrians will automatically look right before crossing a road as they expect cars closer to them are approaching on the right.
At intersections a left turn is easier as it’s a short left turn. The right turn is a long right turn. As illustrated in the below diagram.
Alternatively in Left hand drive countries i.e Canada, China, South America and most of Europe they drive on the right side of the road.
This means their right turn is a short right turn and the left turn is a long left turn.
Pedestrians will also need to remember to look left before stepping off the curb as the traffic is coming from the left. See the below illustration.
Just to recap if not going straight through an intersection,
Australia = Short left and long right
America = Short right and long left
The major problem spots are intersections, car parks and exiting driveways. Keep alert and you will not have any trouble.
Pedestrians can and should look both ways before stepping off the curb.
Turning right on a red light.
Unless there is a sign to the contrary, you can turn right on a circular red traffic light throughout the USA and Canada, except within New York City. You can’t turn right on a red arrow or if there is a sign saying to the contrary. You must STOP and make sure the way is clear of traffic before starting the turn. BE CAREFUL. If in doubt, don’t.