Driving is something that is fairly automatic for most people.
Once start the vehicle, you know exactly what to do next from backing out of the driveway to stopping at the next red light. The entire process is almost automatic simply because you have been doing these actions for a very long time. But things get a little more complicated if you visit a country that drives on the opposite side of the road that you are used to. Now you have to pay even more attention to everything. Or else you might accidentally run into someone or something.
If you are visiting Australia for the first time and plan to hire a car, the first thing you may notice is that Australians drive on the left side of the road. If you are travelling from a country that already drives on the left, then you will have no problem adjusting.
But if you are coming from somewhere else that drives on the opposite side, then the following tips are for you.
Rent an Automatic
Renting a car is an easy way to get around town.
When deciding between automatic or manual transmission, choose automatic. One less thing to worry about means you can focus more of your attention to the road. Another reason is that steering wheels are located on the right hand side of the vehicle. So shifting with a different hand may take some getting used to in the beginning.
Familiarise Yourself With the Car
Everything will be in different positions than you are likely used to. When renting a car, take some time to figure out your bearings and learn where everything is before driving off. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions either as the last thing you want is to get into an accident that could have easily been avoided.
Steer Clear of City Centers (For Now)
Learning to drive on the left side of the road for the first time can be potentially disastrous, especially in city centers where there tends to be more traffic and pedestrians about. If at all possible, steer away from these areas until you are more familiar with the vehicle. Instead, you may want to rely on public transportation in the city or using taxis to get around in the beginning. That way you won’t have to worry about parking either.
Exit to Your Left
Habits can be difficult to change. Be especially mindful that when existing a road or highway, exits will always be to your left. If your exit is coming up soon, don’t wait until the last moment to exit all the way from the right of the highway. Slowly make your way to the left lanes and remember to steer left when your exit comes up.
Driving on the left side may be difficult at first but remember to pay attention to your surroundings at all times and follow all traffic rules.
Following these tips here will help make it easier to drive on the left side. For further information or to get help with renting a car, contact us today and we will be happy to provide assistance.