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Top 10 Tips for Driving Safe in Melbourne

woman driving her car in melbourne

Melbourne has frequently been named the world's most liveable city, and is full of exciting attractions. If you are a tourist braving the roads of Victoria for the first time, there are a few things you need to be aware of. VroomVroomVroom has put together ten helpful tips to give you a basic idea of how to navigate the main freeways, and which roads you need to avoid. 

10 tips for driving in Melbourne

  1. Check your licence: Before travel, make sure your licence is accepted in Australia, and if not you may need to apply for an International Driving Permit. In Australia you are allowed to drive and rent only with a valid licence. Don't forget to carry your licence with you at all times.

    Hook Turn Melbourne Sign

  2. Keep left: If you are travelling from overseas, remember that Australians drive on the left hand side of the road.
  3. Take note of speed limits: Speed limits on central city roads is 40 kilometres per hour. On major roads, speeds can vary from 60 to 80 kilometres, rising to 110 kilometres per hour on country roads and highways.
  4. Wear a seatbelt: The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory for all drivers and passengers in Australia. Child safety restraints or car seats must also be attended.
  5. Stay below the limit: Drink driving is not tolerated. Police conduct random breath testing year-round and by law, drivers must not drive if their blood alcohol level is over 0.05. This testing is common on Victorian roads. 
  6. Don't use your phone: Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal. However, if you need to accept calls, make sure you use a hands-free earpiece or simply pull over to the side of the road. 
  7. Beware of trams: When driving in central Melbourne you will notice a lot of trams. Drivers must give way to trams when they move into or cross a roundabout, and may not overtake a tram on the left. Also be sure to stop level with the rear of a tram at any designated tram stops, and keep to the left of a safety zone to avoid pedestrians. 
  8. The hook turn: Ensure that you are familiar with the "Hook Turn" rule for turning right in Melbourne. The sign was implemented to identify that trams have a clear path past intersections, and this will be indicated by an overhead sign at the intersection displaying a hook turn. 
  9. Parking metres: While there are many parking meters in Melbourne, as well as parking lots, drivers are encouraged not to park on the opposite sides of the road as you will incur a fine.
  10. Find a quality rental car: Renting a car in Melbourne is fast and easy. Through VroomVroomVroom, you can find, compare and book from a number of car hire locations in the city. We can also help you compare car rental deals in Melbourne Airport in case you are flying to the city. If you haven't already arranged your hire care, visit our Melbourne page.

For more information, read our article about driving in Melbourne with a rental car. Have you driven in Melbourne? Let us know your driving tips in the comment section below.