The hook turn is a road rule specific to Melbourne. To ensure that trams get a clear run through some intersections, drivers turning right must do so from the left-hand lane. It will be signposted if the rule applies to an intersection.
To make a hook turn, simply move forward in the left-hand lane and wait to the far left-hand side of the road. When lights turn orange, and the road is cleared of oncoming traffic, make a wide turn to the right.
Trams share roads with cars, so drivers must take care. Trams stop frequently. When a tram comes to a halt and tram doors open, cars must stop immediately. Cars must always give way to passengers stepping on or getting off the tram. Failing to do so endangers pedestrians' lives and attracts a fine.
Car and motorcycle hire
Local and international car rental firms operate in Melbourne and larger regional centres. They offer a variety of vehicle types and deals. Major rental companies in Melbourne include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and SIXT.
The minimum age to rent a car in Victoria is generally 25 years old. Some outlets will hire cars to those under 25, although surcharges and restrictions may apply.
Electric vehicles (EVs)
Victoria has a growing network of public electric vehicle charging stations across the state. A fast charger can juice you up in roughly half an hour. Ultra-rapid chargers can power you for 100 kilometres in less than five minutes.
Plan your trip with a map of charge station locations from plugshare.com or download the app. RACV members get a 20 percent discount at Chargefox ultra-rapid charging stations.
Both RACV and NRMA provide members with roadside assistance for EVs. RACV is set to trial portable EV charging units from start-up company Re:start in its emergency roadside assist vehicles from late 2022.
Sixt and Europcar offer EV rental with pick-up from Melbourne Airport. You can expect insurance and roadside assistance as inclusions or extras per standard petrol-fuelled vehicles. With EV rentals you typically don't need to return the car fully charged.
EV car-sharing platform evee allows you to rent electric cars privately from local EV owners, including rental insurance and roadside assist.
For the latest information on EVs, visit the Electric Vehicle Council.
Perfect for everything from an extended family holiday to a short break with friends, campervans and motorhomes allow you to combine accommodation with your transport. Travel at your own pace through Victoria, stopping where you like, when you like. Most hire companies offer one-way vehicle hire.