A stable political system, low crime rates, well-maintained roads and high health and safety standards make Australia a relatively safe country to travel in. There are, however, some risks travellers should be aware of before embarking on an Australian road trip.
Reasons to prepare before embarking on an Australian road trip
Driving across Australia does expose travellers to a variety of risks, including:
- Sun stroke or heat exhaustion
- Bush fires
- Venomous spiders, snakes and marine creatures
- Crocodiles and sharks
Driving through rugged, remote areas of Australia also means road conditions may deteriorate. Unsealed, dusty and potentially pot-holed narrow roads can easily lead to breakdowns and even motoring accidents.
Necessary preparations before embarking on an Australian road trip
Anyone planning on embarking on an Australian road trip must subsequently prepare thoroughly by ensuring:
- The vehicle is suitable for the task and fitted with two spare tyres and GPS
- They have packed good maps, plenty of water, spare food and extra fuel
- The route is planned carefully and an emergency plan is prepared
- Someone knows when they expect to arrive at the final destination
Taking plenty of sun protection (sun block, hats, loose clothing) and avoiding travelling during extreme heat, checking road conditions before turning off main roads and checking mobile phone coverage with the relevant provider are also a must. So is getting familiarised with and adhering to local driving laws in order to prevent causing a road traffic accident.
When something goes wrong
In case of a breakdown, it is vital to stay with the vehicle rather than wandering off into the wilderness. This will make it easier for a rescue party to find you and increases your chances of survival. Should you be injured by an accident on the road or any other accident in Australia and someone else is at fault, you may also be able to make a claim for compensation.
You can learn more about making a claim by perusing our website, filling in our 30-second test or having a confidential chat with one of our advisors. Our freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 is open 24/7 so call us now and confirm your eligibility to claim. If you do have a claim, one of our in-house solicitors specialised in driver, passenger and travel injury compensation will be assigned to you to make sure you receive the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown