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Driving in Queensland Queensland is a large state, approximately seven times the size of Victoria or the United Kingdom. Driving distances are great. Beware of driver fatigue. When planning a long drive get a good nights sleep before the trip, share the driving with your companions and stop for a rest at least every two hours. Ensure your vehicle is in good working order and has been serviced recently. In country areas road conditions can vary from bitumen surfaces to gravel and dirt. Be careful of potholes, soft road edges, narrow bridges and dusty roads. Be careful of crossing over a road covered in water - cross slowly only if the road surface is firm, and stay in the middle of the road. Obey road closure signs and stay on recognised routes. Always seek local advice about road conditions. Contact the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ), local police or the park ranger. In an Emergency, phone 000 for police, fire or ambulance. Travel with other vehicles to remote places and let someone know your travel plans. Carry a current road map. Do not hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers. Be aware of road hazards including road trains and animals on the road. Allow plenty of room before you overtake road trains (very large trucks with a series of trailers that can be a total length of up to 10 cars!) and be prepared for them to sway a little as you overtake. Also be prepared for the 'windrush' when passing as it can pull you towards the road train. Australian Road Rules In Australia, all vehicles travel on the left side of the road. Speed Limit - Always travel no faster than the signed maximum speed limit. Seatbelts - All occupants of a vehicle must wear seatbelts at all times. Crash Helmets - Motorbike, moped and scooter drivers must wear an Australian approved crash helmet. Bicycle helmets are also compulsory. Hand-held mobile telephone - Drivers are not allowed to use mobile phones whilst driving. Drink-Driving - Avoid drinking alcohol before driving. Australia has strict laws on 'drink-driving' and police actively enforce them. Fraser Island has specific road rules, especially for four wheel drive vehicles. This information can be found on the Department of Transport website: For more information take a look at the Queensland Road Rules and driving safety tips before you go by visiting Distance Charts

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