The rules of the road in Tasmania are designed to ensure the safety and smooth operation of the state’s roadways. Whether you’re a resident of Tasmania or just visiting, it’s important to understand and follow these rules to avoid accidents and traffic violations.

One of the most important rules of the road in Tasmania is the requirement to drive on the left side of the road. This may be different from the rules in other countries, so it’s important to pay extra attention and be mindful of your surroundings when driving in Tasmania.

In Tasmania, all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times while the vehicle is in motion. Children under the age of seven must be properly secured in an approved child restraint. It’s also illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, except in an emergency.

Speed limits in Tasmania vary depending on the type of road and the location. In residential and built-up areas, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h, while the limit on open roads is typically 100 km/h. On highways and freeways, the speed limit is usually 110 km/h. It’s important to pay attention to the posted speed limit signs and adjust your speed accordingly.

Tasmania has strict drink driving laws, with a blood alcohol limit of 0.05% for fully licensed drivers and 0.00% for probationary and learner drivers. If you’re caught driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, you could face serious consequences, including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment.

It’s also important to be aware of the rules regarding overtaking and passing other vehicles on the road. When overtaking, you must ensure that it is safe to do so and that you have a clear view of the road ahead. You should also use your indicators to signal your intentions to other drivers.

In Tasmania, it’s illegal to turn right at a red traffic light unless there is a sign indicating that it is permitted. You must also come to a complete stop at a stop sign and give way to any pedestrians or other vehicles that have the right of way.

When driving on a multi-lane road, you must stay in the left lane unless you are overtaking another vehicle. It’s also important to be mindful of pedestrian crossings and give way to pedestrians who are crossing the road.

It’s also worth noting that Tasmania has strict laws regarding the use of headlights and fog lights. You must use your headlights at all times when driving, except when driving in built-up areas where street lighting is sufficient. You can only use your fog lights when visibility is poor due to fog, rain, or snow.

Overall, the rules of the road in Tasmania are designed to ensure the safety of all road users. By following these rules and being mindful of your surroundings, you can help to reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a smooth and safe journey on the roads of Tasmania.

Author: Dion Changuion, YLOODrive, Mindset and Business Coaching