Are you from North America? Have you wanted to drive in Australia? Well, I’ll give you the tips based on my short, 20 minute – 50 km country road experience of doing so.
1. Disregard anything you’ve known about driving in the past, it’s completely different here.
2. Resist the urge to drive on the right side of the road.
3. The speed limit is 110 on country roads, I’m insanely jealous, you should be too, enjoy it while you’re here.
4. The turn signal lever will be on the wrong side of the steering wheel. On the side that you think it is on, will be the windshield wipers. Try not to confuse the two; other drivers give you dirty looks.
5. Bring a cloth for the sweat on your palms, because it’s like learning to drive all over again.
You can tell that my experience wasn’t the most pleasant. It’s totally freaky trying to drive here. There are so many things that we take advantage of once we’ve learned to drive (like the ability to keep the car in the centre of the lane just by looking forward). Just when you think you’ve got that down, you go to turn a corner, or shift a gear, and instead you’ve put on the windshield wiper, or rolled down the back windows.
All of that being said, it’s definitely something I’d like to try again.