Review maps before leaving the rental area. Always ask directions before leaving the rental counter. Reading a map while driving is dangerous.
Check with www.roadreports.nt.gov.au for road conditions and closures.
Never leave your luggage unattended. If there is more than one in your party, assign someone to stay with the bags.
Only the renter and any additional drivers are required to sign the documents to rent the car.
Familiarise yourself with the vehicle’s safety equipment, including hazard lights, windscreen wipers, the spare tyre, seat belts and door locks. Always be alert to your surroundings and know how to reach your destination prior to your departure.
Make sure the vehicle always has plenty of fuel.
Keep valuables in the boot of the car or locked glove compartment.
Always use seat belts. It is law and you may save your life in the event of an accident.
Do not pick up hitchhikers under any circumstances.
Always be aware of the pedestrian traffic around your vehicle. Always park car in a well-lit area if possible.
When travelling long distances make sure you always have water with you.
International Drivers – Australians drive on the left hand side of the road and under Australian law it is required all passengers and the driver wear a seatbelt.
No Night Driving Allowed only around the town of Alice Springs or between the town of Yulara (Ayers Rock) and the viewing areas. The Territory has cattle and wildlife that congregate alongside outback highways at night.
Legal blood alcohol level for motor vehicle drivers in the NT is 0.05% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), however the safest level is zero.
Fatigue is one of the most common causes of serious accidents. Get out of the car and walk around for 15 minutes at least every two hours. There are designated rest areas along most routes to make this more convenient.
Restricted SPEED limits apply in all urban areas and the maximum speed limit on the highways is 130 kph. You should, however, only drive at a speed that suits the road, vehicles, weather conditions and your driving experience.
The Territory is big and there can be large distances between fuel stops, so plan your stops beforehand.
Do not attempt to cross flooded bridges or causeways unless absolutely sure of the depth and any road damage. Most flash floods recede within 24 hours.
IN THE EVENT OF A BREAKDOWN
Do not leave your vehicle under any circumstances. A missing vehicle is easier to locate than missing people. Economise on water if not on a main road. If planning to leave the main road, let someone know the estimated time of your arrival at the destination. If you are in mobile phone range call our office on 08 8952 0098 or flag down a passing motorist to call for you.
We will require the following information:
Is anyone hurt?
Where you are – kilometre distance from last destination or hours?
What happened with the breakdown? i.e. dirty fuel, starter motor, motor overheating, drove through flood waters, lost keys, alternator problems etc.
Have you got plenty of fuel?
We need as much information as you can give us to help with your recovery.
Police - Fire - Ambulance 000
NT Police 131 444
These safety tips are general suggestions only. The safety of you and your passengers is most important. However, remember that personal safety is your responsibility