Safe Driving Tips

PREPARING TO DRIVE

  • Adjust the seat for effective control and comfort.
  • Adjust all three mirrors for the best view.
  • Fit and adjust your seat belt and head restraint.
  • Check your passengers are safely seated.

INDICATING

  • Indicate for at least five seconds before you pull out from the kerb.
  • Indicate for at least three seconds before turning.
  • Indicate for at least two seconds before beginning to change lanes.
  • Indicate before you steer off roundabouts (wherever practical).
  • Look in your mirror before you indicate.
  • Look in your mirror before you put your foot on the brake.
  • Indicate before you brake.

LOOK AROUND YOU

  • Slow down if you can’t see what’s happening five vehicles in front of you.
  • Slow down at intersections and look for other cars even if you have right of way.
  • Look into intersections regardless of having right of way.
  • Keep your eyes scanning the situation all around you.
  • Look over your shoulder (headcheck) before beginning to change lanes and in other situations where vehicles could be in your blind spot.

DON’T BEND THE RULES

  • Come to a complete stop (no rolling) at stop signs.
  • Ensure your maximum speed is always slightly under the speed limit.
  • Stop for green lights when traffic in front of you is not leaving the intersection.
  • Stop for amber lights unless it is not safe.

BE A CAREFUL DRIVER

  • Stay at least three seconds travel time behind the car immediately in front of you.
  • Leave a space, when stopping behind a vehicle, to drive around it if you have to.
  • Change lanes as little as possible.
  • Slow down when approaching green traffic lights and check to make sure no one is running a red light.

Common Road Signs

Below are a selection of common roadsigns fround on our roads.

No Entry Sign
No Entry Sign
Do Not Enter
Keep Left Sign
Keep Left Sign
Unless Turning
Rest Area Sign
Rest Area Ahead Sign
Stop for a break
Traffic Signal
Typical Traffic Light
Red means stop, amber means prepare to stop, green means go
End Divided Road Sign
Divided Road Ends Sign
Roads come together
Slippery Surface Sign
Slippery Surface Sign
Car may skid, caution recommended
Pedestrian Crossing Sign
Pedestrians Crossing Sign
Slow down, pedestrians may cross
Traffic Lights Ahead Sign
Traffic Lights Ahead Sign
Approaching traffic lights, prepare to stop
Kangaroo Hazard Sign
Kangaroos In Area
Watch out for kangaroos crossing the road
Give Way Sign
Give Way Sign
Give way to cars on road ahead
Merging Traffic Sign
Merging Traffic sign
Traffic merges into your lane
Speed Limit Sign
Speed Limit Sign
Do not exceed this speed
Roadworks Ahead Sign
Roadworks Ahead Sign
Approaching roadworks ahead, slow down
Route Marker Sign
Route Marker Sign
Route number currently travelling
Railway Crossing Sign
Railway Crossing SignApproaching railway crossing
Form 1 Lane Sign
Form 1 Lane Sign
Lanes converge into one, merge
Kilometre Marker Sign
Kilometre Marker Sign
Distance to major destination
Large Guide Sign
Large Guide Sign
Distances to locations accessed from this road