A road trip through Western Australia is an amazing experience. WAITOC and the Road Safety Commission encourage all visitors and those embarking on a road trip to familiarise themselves with our road rules, road conditions and weather in the areas you will be travelling. We urge everyone to drive carefully, particularly in unfamiliar surroundings. Western Australia has the same driving laws and regulations as the rest of Australia

Driving Laws

Ve​​​​​​hicles travel on the left-hand side of the road
You must always have your driver's licence with you, and a translation if the licence is not in English
Wearing of seat belts is compulsory for the driver and all the passengers
Small children and babies must travel in an approved infant or child seat
It is an offence to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 or more, or with illicit drugs in your system

Long Distance Driving

Plan your trip and be realistic about how many kilometres you can travel in a day
Travellers not used to long distance driving need to be aware of fatigue and take the opportunity to have a look around by taking frequent rest and meal stops
Share the journey and swap drivers regularly
Remember to get plenty of rest the night before a long trip
Do not drive if you feel tired or if you have been awake for a long period of time
Make sure you carry at least 5 litres of water per person per day and adequate food and fuel supplies

Choose the Right Vehicle

If you are travelling long distances to explore the outback or remote coastline,campervan.jpg a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle in good mechanical condition is suitable
If you are travelling within a 400km radius of the Perth metropolitan area, a light vehicle or SUV for sealed and well-maintained roads is appropriate

Speed Limits

thumb-110km.jpgSpeed limits vary across the State, however the maximum limit is 110 kilometres per hour. Major metropolitan arterial roads are generally capped at 60 kilometres per hour while suburban streets are almost exclusively limited to 50 kilometres per hour. School zones are clearly marked and restricted to 40 kilometres per hour for two hour periods at the beginning and end of the school day. The Western Australian Police Service employs radar and other speed monitoring devices, and fines are enforceable – even for visitors.

Wildlife

thumb-roads.jpgWestern Australia has plenty of native wildlife, so travellers need to be watchful
Stay alert for animals which stray onto the road
Avoid driving at sunrise, sunset and during the night when animals are most active
Don't swerve around an animal as you may lose control on the gravel verge

World’s Longest Trucks

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In the state’s north and east, you will see some of the largest trucks known as road trains, these massive vehicles can stretch for almost 50 metres
Drivers should be aware that it can take around 30-45 seconds - and several kilometres - to overtake a fully laden road train safely so make sure you have a clear view of the road ahead and enough time and space to pass the vehicle and return to the correct side of the road
You must not exceed the speed limit to overtake

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Visit Road Safety Commission for more West Australian road
safety  info and download a copy of the Safe Driving Guide
'On the Road' - available in nine languages
In an emergency dial 000 for police, fire and ambulance
 

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