Victoria welcomes safe drivers. We want you to have a fantastic holiday in Victoria and this means staying safe on our roads.
Remember to keep left, every time you drive
In Australia, all vehicles travel on the left side of the road. This may be different to the side on which you normally drive. Ask your passengers to remind you to drive on the left side of the road each time you set off and when you are turning at an intersection.
Your journey may take longer than you expect – allow extra time
Allow extra time on Victorian roads. Your journey may take longer than you expect.
Some of Victoria's roads have varying conditions and can be narrow and winding. While it may look close on a map, driving times may take longer than expected. Plan ahead. Map out your trip – make sure you allow extra time to get to your destination, including rest stops.
Take regular breaks
When planning a long drive have a good night's sleep before the trip, especially after a long flight to Australia, and where possible, share the driving with your companions.
Take regular rest breaks every two hours, get out of the vehicle and have a stretch.
Everyone must wear seatbelts
Wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle – it's the law. Children under age seven must be in an appropriate child restraint. Your rental vehicle company can rent child restraints to you if you didn’t bring your own.
Drive within the limits and to the conditions
There are different speeds on different sections of roads. Speed limits are strictly enforced in Victoria.
In Victoria, you might experience four seasons in one day. Because of this, weather related hazards on the road can occur at any time.
Stay within the speed limit and always choose an appropriate speed for the driving conditions. See current traffic conditions
Your speed affects others
If driving slowly, pull over where it is safe and let faster traffic pass.
If you're driving a campervan or motorhome or towing a caravan and you have traffic backed up behind you, pull over as soon as you can safely do so to let other vehicles pass.
Use passing lanes or slow vehicle turnouts whenever possible, and never cross a solid white line on your side of the centre line.
Look out for animal hazards
Watch for animals straying onto the road especially on rural roads near sunset and sunrise.