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 [...]
Western Australia offers some of the best stargazing spots because of its remote location.
This is why many stargazers and astronomers from around the world make the journey here to get a better view of the stars and capture stunning images. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an astronomer to stargaze as everyone can appreciate the night sky. You just need to be as far away as possible from light pollution. The good news is those who are in Perth won’t have to travel very far to find the perfect stargazing spot.
Here are some of the best places for viewing clear skies around Perth.
1. Roebuck Bay
The best months to visit Roebuck Bay is from March to October where you can witness breathtaking views of the moon reflecting off the [...]
Toll roads are commonplace throughout Australia, particularly in the capital cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. When hiring a car in any of these areas, you are responsible for paying the toll. Fees typically vary between states but not paying for them can result in a fee.
Here is an overview of toll roads in Australia and what you can expect if you are travelling here for the first time.
How tolling works
Toll roads are an important part of the infrastructure in major capital cities. Unlike other parts of the world where you can simply pay cash or use a credit card, the toll roads here are all cashless. That means you will need to an electronic tag or user pass.
Traffic rules are strictly enforced for safety reasons.
Most accidents that occur could have been prevented if both parties had paid more attention to the road and followed traffic laws. If you exceed the speed limit or drive carelessly, you put yourself and others on the road in danger.
Any of these actions will likely get you pulled over by law enforcement. If that happens, you will be fined and get a point added to your licence for violating traffic results. The extent of both largely depend on how serious the violation is. A penalty for drink driving will be much harsher than barely going over the speed limit.
Here is a list of common demerit point offences in Western Australia:
Speeding over the limit: 2 to 20 points depending [...]
Renting a car is perhaps the easiest and most convenient way to explore a new city when on vacation. You can leave your resort anytime you want and go straight to your destinations without having to rely on public transportation. Renting is also incredibly affordable and even more so when travelling with a group.
Here are tips to choosing the right rental car to make the most out of your trip.
1. Count All Passengers
Let’s start with the obvious.
How many people are you travelling with? A luxury convertible may sound like a great idea with the wind rushing through your hair as you ride along the coast. But it’s not exactly a practical or comfortable choice if you are travelling with your family. So take note of how many passengers [...]
But the moment you drive out the parking lot, you find yourself staring at the center console trying to make sense of all the controls. If renting a car feels like a new experience, that’s because it is. With your own vehicle you are already familiar with where everything is but the same can’t be said for the car rental.
When renting a car it is important to familiarise yourself with the vehicle especially if it’s your first time. Follow these steps to quickly learn where everything is.
Perform a Visual Inspection
Basic inspections are typically done for the interior and exterior of a rental to ensure that it arrives in the same condition. It is also a good idea [...]
We’ve all been there at some time. You’re in a new city, ready to explore its myriad of sights and attractions. But rather than taking care of your own trip planning, you decided to book a package tour. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now you’re stuck in a lumbering coach with a bunch of people stopping off to see attractions that you really weren’t interested in to begin with. If only you had taken advantage of car hire at Perth Airport…
At first glance, a packaged tour can seem like a high-value deal. After all, the travel agencies that sell these tours are quick to play up the value of the products and services featured in their all-inclusive tours:
All transport Daily breakfast Accommodation Entrance fees to attractions Wine tastings Special [...]
Travelling as a family is a great way to enjoy new experiences together. But when bringing the kids along to the next trip, their safety is absolutely a top priority. There are legal requirements in Australia around child car seats to reduce the risk of injury.
Penalties for not properly securing your children in a suitable seat for their age and size include expiation fees and demerit points. So when travelling with young children, make sure that they are safely fastened before departing on your trip.
The following is an overview of the national child restraint laws.
Children up to six months old: If your baby is below six months, he or she must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint that is designed specially for babies. Double check that everything is [...]
There is no better way to explore a city than by car.
Public transportation is certainly convenient but the experience is often marred by long waits and sudden delays. Whereas when driving your own car you can leave anytime you want and go straight to your destination. When travelling to a new city, you will definitely want to hire a car to get around town.
But with so many different rental companies available, how do you go about choosing the right one? Here are some tips to help you in the right direction.
Travelling is already expensive enough once you factor in all other costs. If you are on a budget, then your first concern is likely how much a rental will cost you. Costs typically depend on the vehicle [...]
When on holiday, renting a car is perhaps the easiest and most convenient solution to getting around town compared to using public transportation. You can set off to and from your destination anytime you want without having to wait for others. Rentals are very affordable and even so more when travelling in a group.
But one thing to take into consideration is if the rental gets into an accident or is damaged.
Rental cars are typically fully insured but you, the hirer, will be held liable for an initial amount in the event of an accident. The amount varies but it usually costs upwards of a few thousand dollars. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce this liability by paying for car hire excess insurance.
The following provides more of an overview of what car [...]