Driving in Western Australia (WA) is a great way to explore the state’s vast and varied landscapes, from the sandy beaches of the Perth coastline to the rugged outback. However, it’s important to remember that driving comes with responsibilities, and knowing the rules of the road can help keep you and other road users safe. In this blog, we’ll go over some of the key rules and regulations you should be aware of when driving in WA.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that driving in WA is done on the left-hand side of the road. This can take some getting used to if you’re coming from a country where driving is done on the right-hand side, so it’s important to pay extra attention and be extra cautious when you first start driving in WA.
When driving, you must always wear a seat belt, and all passengers in the car must also be properly restrained with a seat belt or child restraint as appropriate. It’s also illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, unless you’re using a hands-free device.
In WA, the speed limit is generally 100 km/h on highways and 50 km/h in residential and urban areas. However, these limits can vary depending on the location and road conditions, so it’s important to keep an eye out for speed limit signs. You should also drive to the conditions of the road, which means reducing your speed if the road is wet or slippery, or if there is poor visibility.
It’s also important to remember that drink driving is strictly prohibited in WA. The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers over the age of 20 is 0.05%, and for drivers under the age of 20, it is zero. If you’re planning on drinking, it’s important to arrange for a designated driver or alternative transportation.
When driving in WA, you’ll also need to be aware of the give way rules. These rules dictate who has the right of way at intersections, and it’s important to follow them to avoid accidents. Generally, if you’re turning left or right at an intersection, you’ll need to give way to any vehicles coming from the opposite direction. You’ll also need to give way to pedestrians when turning into or out of a road.
It’s also important to remember that WA has strict laws around overtaking other vehicles. When overtaking, you must ensure that it is safe to do so, and that you have a clear view of any oncoming traffic. You should also signal your intention to overtake by using your indicator.
If you’re driving a commercial vehicle, there are additional rules and regulations you’ll need to follow. These include things like load limits, maximum driving hours, and the requirement to carry a log book. It’s important to be familiar with these rules to ensure you’re driving safely and legally.
It’s important to remember that driving is a privilege, not a right. If you break the rules of the road or drive carelessly, you risk losing your license and putting yourself and others at risk. It’s important to always drive responsibly and follow the rules of the road to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Driving in Western Australia can be a great way to explore the state, but it’s important to remember that it comes with responsibilities. By following the rules of the road and driving responsibly, you can help ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road.
Author: Dion Changuion, YLOODrive, Mindset and Business Coaching