If you are under 25, you will need to pay a small fee when hiring a vehicle.
If you are new to driving, every new journey will feel like a new adventure. Remember however, that there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you stay safe on the road.
When it comes to renting a car, give yourself time to familiarise yourself with the workings of the car – steering wheel, mirrors, seat position – all of these things will impact on how well you drive and how comfortable your journey will be.
Some other notes to remember:
- The driver must not use a mobile phone or operate the GPS while driving unless the device is completely hands-free
- Be mindful of travel times – if your journey has some hilly, tight, and winding roads, distances can be deceptive
- Plan your journey, take your time, and do not rush. Do not drive when tired. Take breaks and enjoy the journey
- Share the road with cyclists. Cyclists have the same rights as drivers
- Slow down and pass safely and carefully
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- The open road speed limit in Australia and New Zealand is a maximum of 100 km per hour. Generally, the road speed limit in urban areas is a maximum of 50 km per hour. At times you may need to drive slower due to weather, traffic conditions or winding roads
- All passengers must wear seatbelts at all times, including children. Children under the age of seven must be secured in an approved child restraint