Western Australia Driving Guide: Road Rules and Safety

Western Australia Driving Guide: Road Rules and Safety
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New drivers, heads up! Acquaint yourself with Western Australia’s road safety rules and ethics before hitting the road for your epic outback road trip.

Driving around Western Australia is one of the best ways to see the state and you’ll be mesmerised by countless amazing landscapes, flora and fauna. Don’t believe me? Just check out these exciting itineraries through Western Australia!

For those who seek city comfort but want short adventures:
🏃‍♂️ 6 Best Day Trips From Perth Australia You Must Take

For those who appreciate the finest nature, wines, and flavours in life:
🍷 Southwest Nature & Wine Drive Itinerary Guide

For those who want to be mesmerised by amazing landscapes like pink lake and tall ancient wave rocks:
The Great Southwest Edge Drive Itinerary Guide

For those who want to experience the canyons, deserts, and wildflowers:
🏜 Outback’s Wool Wagon Pathway Itinerary Guide

Remember, no matter which road trip you decide to take, safety always comes first! If you’re unfamiliar with the local rules of the road, here’s a driving guide to keep you safe in Western Australia.

Road and safety rules

1. Drive on the left

In Australia, all vehicles drive on the left side of the road.

2. Merging lanes

When two lanes are merging into one, the vehicle in front has right of way.

3. Roundabouts

When entering a roundabout, always give way to any vehicle that’s already in the roundabout. 🦘

4. Crossing road lines

You may cross a broken line if it’s safe to do so, but you should not cross a continuous unbroken lines unless you need to avoid an obstruction.

5. Sharing the road with cyclists

Give way to cyclists. Allow a distance of 1.5 metres between your vehicle and the cyclist when overtaking the cyclist.

6. Making a U-turn

When making a U-Turn, give way to all other road users and use the indicator to signal your maneuver.

7. Mobile phone distraction

It’s illegal to use your mobile phone while driving—maintain your focus on the road at all times.

8. Drink driving

Driving in Western Australia with a blood alcohol level over .05 is illegal. Do not drink and drive.

9. Buckle up

Wearing seatbelts is mandatory in Western Australia. Drivers and passengers can be fined for not wearing them.

10. Driving license

If you have an overseas driving licence, you must carry a copy of your licence with a translation, or an International Drivers’ Permit while driving.

11. Driving on gravel roads

Slow down on bends, do not break suddenly, and be prepared for dust and stones from passing vehicles while driving on gravel roads.

12. Wildlife on the road

Be aware of roaming animals such as kangaroos, cattle, camels and even eagles on the road in country areas—especially during the sunrise and sunset. 🦘

13. Low visibility

Avoid driving in hazardous weather but if you must, switch on your headlights to be seen on the road.

Types of vehicles and where to drive

What is a 2WD?
2WD means 2-wheel drive, meaning only 2 wheels of the vehicle are powered by the engine. 2WD is suitable for mild climates where the roads are generally smoother and easier to drive on. These vehicles are common as most cars are usually 2WD.

If you’re driving a 2WD:
Hop on the 6-day Southwest Nature & Wine Drive to taste some of Western Australia’s best wines, admire the gorgeous vistas of natures, and indulge in exquisite local produce like crayfish and truffles.

If you’re looking for a longer drive, embark on the 11-day Great Southwest Edge Drive to witness Western Australia’s ancient mountain ranges, scenic coasts, and astounding wildlife! Don’t miss the pretty pink coloured Lake Hillier.

What is a 4WD?
4WD means 4-wheel drive, where the engine of the vehicle gives power to all 4 wheels. Most of the time, you’ll also be able to alternate between 2WD and 4WD on a 4WD vehicle. 4WD is suitable for off-road driving and harsher climates and road conditions, like steep or low traction roads. Most SUVs are 4WD cars.

If you’re driving a 4WD:
For a 4WD adventure, there’s no better place than the outback. Set off on an Australian outback adventure on the Outback’s Wool Wagon Pathway to explore canyons, dazzling wildflowers, and even the world’s biggest rock!

Need help in Western Australia?

The Western Australian Visitor Centre will be your Aussie trip. You can access travel information, booking services, and even buy a memento that catches your eye.

Address: 55 William St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Hours: 9am to 5pm daily
Telephone: 1800 812 808

Where to stay in Western Australia?

Enjoy 21% discount for hotels in Western Australia when you book through Agoda with your YouTrip card! Check out the list of discounted hotels here.

All set for an epic road trip in Western Australia? Don’t forget to bring your YouTrip card along to utilise YouTrip’s Wholesale Exchange Rates for favourable Australian Dollars (AUD) currency exchange rates!

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