To make sure you stay safe on Queensland roads, visitors are required to abide by the following road rules:
- Australians drive on the left side of the road.
- Wear a seat belt when driving or a passenger in a motor vehicle. You can be fined if you don't wear a seatbelt.
- Check that your driver's licence is valid in Australia, or obtain an International Drivers Permit before you drive, as you must be licensed to drive a motor vehicle in Queensland.
- Observe the speed limits at all times and don't exceed the signed maximum speed limit.
- Depending on your age, driving experience and the type/class vehicle being driven, and driver’s alcohol concentration may be required to be zero. If unsure, it is advised to not drink alcohol and drive.
- Approved helmets must be worn when riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
- Vehicles driven must be roadworthy and registered.
- When travelling behind long vehicles (semi-trailers, road trains etc), don't overtake unless you have plenty of room, time to overtake and it is safe to get past the vehicle.
- When beach driving, speed limits and road rules still apply.
- When beach driving passengers are to wear seat belts and are not permitted to ride outside the vehicle. Overloading of vehicles with passengers or luggage not permitted.
- When beach driving remain aware of tide times to prevent stranding.
- Take care when crossing roads in Queensland. As a pedestrian, the traffic closest to you should be approaching you from your right hand side. Before crossing the road, look to your right first, then left, then right again. Use pedestrian crossing where available.
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Safe driving in Queensland
- Queensland is a large state and in some areas there are long distances between towns. Be sensible about your driving capabilities, the distances covered and amount of travelling time needed to reach your destination.
- Picking up hitch-hikers could be potentially dangerous and is not recommended. It is illegal to hitch-hike from a road, road shoulder, median strip or traffic island in Queensland.
- If travelling into sparsely populated rural/remote areas, advise someone of where you are going and your estimated time of arrival.
- If your vehicle breaks down in rural/remote area, stay with your vehicle and wait for assistance.
- If travelling in rural/remote areas, make sure your car is capable of making the journey. If the roads are in poor condition, slow down and drive to suit the road conditions.
- Make sure you take enough water and food provisions for the trip.
- Carry the correct tools in the car to make basic repairs. If your car breaks down, stay with your car until hellp arrives, unless you are certain there is help nearby.
- Be aware of driver fatigue. When travelling long distances, a minimum 15 minute rest is recommended every two hours. In peak holiday periods, look for Driver Reviver stops, where you can rest, have a free snack and a coffee or tea.
- Plan every long journey - use current maps.
For more information: Trip PLanner: Royal Automobile Club of Queensland