Australians normally drive on the left hand side of the road and driving laws are strictly enforced in Melbourne. There are various laws and road rules a traveler must abide to when driving around Melbourne Australia including;
The minimum driving age in Melbourne is 17 and the driving license must be in English for local travelers except for foreign tourists who should carry a translation with them. It is also mandatory to carry both a license and passport all the time when driving.
The speed limit within residential streets ranges from 40 to 70 kilometers per hour while the speed limit in urban areas is normally 60 kilometers per hour. Most freeways have a speed limit of 100 to 110 kilometers per hour.
Both the driver and passenger must wear seat belts when driving around Melbourne. There are also various rules about child-restraints that have to be complied.
Drinking and Driving
Severe penalties are applied when one’s blood alcohol level limit exceed 0.05%. There are various random test check points around Melbourne and Australia in general. Police also use radar cameras to check speed.
There are various gas stations to fuel when driving around Melbourne Australia. They usually have different fuel types including; unleaded fuel, lead free super fuel and diesel fuel. Unleaded fuel is usually available in premium or regular form.
Tolls are usually charged on various Melbourne roads including the East link and City link freeways. The tourist or traveler should buy a pass prior to traveling on the tollway.
Buses and Give-way signs
Buses that operate under give-way signs in the city have the first priority to right of way and the speed limit is usually 60 kilometers per hour.
Melbourne is well known for hook turns that are placed on roads that have tram tracks. When the driver wants to turn right, he or she must turn on the right indicator and proceed to the furthest left lane. He should then wait for the green light in front of the cross-road traffic then turn right. Most of the Melbourne metropolitan areas are easy to navigate due to the streets forming grids.