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Many car accidents occur as a result of failing to follow traffic rules.
Even one second with your eyes away from the road can have devastating consequences. While some accidents are impossible to anticipate and avoid, evidence shows that most are actually preventable. This is why it is important to recognise road rules at all times.
Here is a guide on traffic rules in Australia to ensure safe and enjoyable travels on the road.
Do I need a driver’s licence?
If you wish to operate a car legally in Australia, then you need to have a valid driver’s licence or else you risk heavy penalties if you are caught without one. If you are travelling from overseas, you must have an international driving permit.
Can I rent a car in Australia?
Renting a car is a great way to travel around Australia. But there are also certain requirements which are common across the industry. Remember to bring a valid driver’s licence along with an international driving permit and a passport for ID. You will also need to bring your credit card for security purposes.
Which side do Australians drive on?
Australians drive on the left side.
If you are travelling from the UK, then this will be easy enough to remember. But if you are travelling from a different where drivers drive on the right side, this may need some getting used to. Always be mindful on the road and always look both directions even if it’s your right of way.
What are the speed limits?
All drivers must adhere to speed limits which varies depending on where you drive (e.g. toll roads have higher speed limits than residential roads). If you are ticketed by law enforcement or are caught by a safety camera, you will need to pay a fine. The amount depends on the state you are in and how fast you were driving over the limit. Even if you don’t see a sign on the road, speed limits still apply.
What is the penalty for drink driving?
Driving under the influence is not only incredibly dangerous to you and other drivers around you, it also carries serious penalties in Australia if you are caught by law enforcement with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 per or higher. Any higher and you risk incurring heavy penalties, which depend on the state you are driving in.
Either assign a designated driver for the night or refrain from drinking altogether. The risks are simply not worth it.
What about using a mobile phone?
More and more countries are beginning to recognise the hazards of driving while using a mobile phone, and are passing appropriate legislation including Australia. Anything that takes your eyes off the road for even a second can greatly reduce your reaction time in the event you need to avoid an obstacle or face a sudden stop in traffic.
If you are travelling to Australia for the first time and plan to drive, be sure to familiarise yourself with and adhere to all traffic laws. For any questions about car hire in Perth, our team is here to help so contact us today for further assistance.
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Very friendly staff and great service. Helped us out over the Christmas & New Year break whilst our own car was out of commission. Great car and very reasonable price. Would definitely use these guys again if necessary.
No hassle with these guys when we hired a car in October/November 2018. Flexible about changing charging arrangements for excess mileage when we returned the car, having driven further than we thought we would! Thanks :)
Excellent service with a human touch. Very friendly staff. They took the time to have a chat with us and gave us plenty of useful info. Will definitely rent from Ace again the next time we come to Perth.
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Hi there It was a great experience with ace car rental Vic Park good cars and friendly customer service They gave me a coffee can’t believe that . Definitely going back there, they have good coffees 😁Thanks a lot
I could not fault this company. I hired a Toyota Corolla for a week in January 2019. Their customer service was outstanding. The car was clean and exactly what I had asked for. We were picked up within 10 minutes of collecting our luggage at Perth Airport.The price was very reasonable and competitive. I highly recommend them and thank them for their wonderful service.Wendy SA
First time hiring a car from here can’t possibly express how easy , friendly , helpful and amazing the process was. I had a near new Kia Cerato that was immaculate when I got it and easy to drive. Priced well and they went out of there way to help me . Client for life and will most certainly tell everyone I know that this is the go to place. Thanks heaps Nathan
Great staff and highly organised, had our bus out for us before we arrived. Worked in with us regarding our return time. Owner of the business dropped us off at the airport. Can’t wait to return to Perth so I can use Ace Car Rentals Victoria Park again. Thank you guys.Sophie Curlewis Yass
I could not recommend these guys highly enough. Very reasonable prices compared to others around Perth. Cars are always very clean, and the staff are super friendly. I always use them while Im in Perth and look forward to seeing them again soon.
My experience was incredibly wonderful. I didn’t have to worry about travel and my children loved the car and it was breeze. The customer service exceeds any service I’ve received from a car hire service in the world. I highly recommend this service to everyone! Go directly to ACE RENT A CAR!!! It’s worth it. Lee
The best car rental company I have ever rented with through all my travels- friendly staff, new clean cars and amazing prices (the best in market from my study on pricing in perth). Will hire with them every time Ofcourse!
Awesome! We rented a car for 3 days. Price was cheap for a quality car. Staff very friendly and helpful, couldn’t get a better service! Definetly will go back.Highly recommended to anyone that wants to rent a car.
I arrived in perth on a limited budget only to find my car was still Darwin and another three weeks to arrive,Ace rented myself a hyundai at what must be the lowest priced rental I've ever had,it helped me greatly and didnt hiry my budget to badly and all i had to do was advise by text to continue renting until my car eventually tirnrd up.Highly recommend their services and if stuck again will be the first place to turn to.
6 adults (all 6foot plus) 150kgs of luggage, many kms over 12 days.The imax was perfect drives good clean and so much room for long legs and baggage.Lovely customer service.Will recommend highly to friends and family.
Extremely competitive pricing and great service staff! From the booking enquiries to the physical collection of the car, it has a been great experience throughout. The free shuttle provided to and from Perth Airport is a big big plus! Everyone should really consider Ace for their rentals. Will be recommending to all my friends!
Such an outstanding organization! Everything they promised, they delivered. And the price/value beats every other company I researched to rent a car. I will recommend them to family and friends and will always use their business whenever the need arises. Thank you Ace Rent A Car!
Friendly staff, great service, clean and reliable car. I rented through this company twice in a fortnight, best value on car rental that I could find and a quick and easy booking process both online and over the phone! Would highly recommend and will definitely use this company again myself!!
Came down from England and Just hired a Hyundai for 3 weeks at Perth Albany Victoria Park office of Ace Rent A Car, just a km away from where I was staying. The staff are very friendly and the cost of the 3 weeks was the cheapest in the market with a brand new car. I travelled mostly to the south of Perth down to Albany after a week sight seeing in the area places like Denmark Walpole national park some of the taller trees in Australia, Stirling Range National Park I travelled across the wrist belt to wave rock and back. The car handled the bad roads I travelled North to the Pinnacles in the three weeks. Travelled some 3000 km. I did extra km worth 230$ but instead of charging me extra 0.28$ each km, they saved me the extra buck by only charging a 110$ by changing my km range. Very kind of them. Not greedy and believe in making relationships. Professional and helpful and very good lot of them.I will hire from them always on my trips to Perth and will suggest you all to also hire from them without worries on your holiday.
Booked a car over the christmas period. Everything you could ask for, quick efficient quality service. Although not a big name brand, I will have no worries about using Ace cars again if I ever need a rental car in Perth.
This is one of the best rental car experiences I have had hands down. I walked in and felt right at home. They were upfront about everything and even saved me some money with the miles. I would highly recommend this car company to anyone in Perth. I returned the car and they gave me many options to return. I have rented cars at a lot of places, with a lot of companies, and this one takes the cake.
We have rented a mini bus for 12 days to go around Pinnacles down to the Great Southern Region (Walpole, Denmark), WA. The mini-bus they provided us is almost new, clocking around 130 km. The vehicle is clean inside out. The best per day rate and service in the area! and nothing beats the kind gestures of the boss to discount me for the excess kilometers that I clock! 5/5 due to service, rate and vehicle conditions.
I came to visit Perth from the UK and needed a car ace were highly recommended by friends and they did not disappoint at all.The guys were friendly, knew their stuff and were very helpful nothing was too much trouble.The car was great to drive and comfortable we enjoyed it without any problems at all.The main reason we had them recommended was they are so reasonable and that was also the case.In other word 1st class service I will use again and I recommend to anyone who wants a car
Our car was Cheap and Good quality!!Unfortunately we made a problem by an accident. I didn't speak English well but they tried to understand me and dealt it quick. We had a big holiday. They gave us another car so we can get it. We were very thankful. They're so kind and gentle!!
Great cars along with great service, I choose these guys every time I visit Perth. Easy booking system, Friendly & very helpful staff. All modern, nice, clean vehicles.5 Star !Thanks Ace Rent a Car- See you next year ! ;))
Wow, what an experience! My wife and I pre-booked a van hire today and could not be more satisfied.We only required the vehicle for two separate days, so not exactly a million dollar contract. (Their prices were extremely reasonable) and Commercial Services Director Ajay, completely understood our needs and patiently and professionally took us through the process - all in the space of ten minutes. We have used this company in the past and can't praise them highly enough.The very best customer service!
I really satisfied with ace. Recently i rent a 12seater commuter bus and a hyundai accent. Both are smooth.. Dealing with the staff satisfy me well. I just connect with them via fb messenger.it so easy.once u settle the dealing, they will sent you a quotation email and just click the link given once you have confirmed. Of course i will comeback and rent with them because the vehicles served is very comfortable and smooth.. Thanks ace.. See you again.
Chose Vic Park agency online on basis of reviews and proved to be a very wise choice. Ajay could not have been more helpful both at delivery and upon return. Little Toyoto did the job for two seniors and two big cases. Why stick with the multi-nationals when you can get service (with a smile) and great value from the smaller owner-operators? Many thanks Ace.