Backpacking abroad is a great adventure and hiring a campervan on holiday in Australia can give the freedom and independence to explore that other means of transport do not offer. Nevertheless, there are risks involved and the chance of road traffic accidents are increased if you aren’t prepared for the conditions.
Steep and winding Australian roads, particularly in the outback, are very different to the roads at home.
They drive on the left in Australia, which is the same as in the UK but may be a challenge if you are used to driving in the Americas or most other European countries.
In the outback there are lots of wild animals roaming the roads, mostly at night. Watch out for kangaroos, particularly at dusk when they tend to come out; an accident on the road with one of these beasts can cause serious damage to your vehicle.
‘Roos are particularly unintelligent and will happily jump right in front of your vehicle. You will probably encounter a lot of road kill kangaroos by the side of the road.
Check to see if your van has a “roo bar” attached to the front as they will protect it from crashing into a kangaroo, although injury can still be sustained from impact in a car accident like this.
Inner city driving
Melbourne has some strange “hook turns” which you will need to get used to as you turn to the right but start at the far left lane of the intersection. Although not difficult, there is the possibility of car accidents when you are not used to the procedure.
Unless you are used to driving large vehicles the risk of accident in a campervan is increased compared to in a car since it is longer, wider and higher than a common vehicle.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of an accident on the road which was somebody else’s fault in the last three years then you can make a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
With years of experience dealing with exactly this type of claim our legal team will help you process things on a no-win no-fee* basis. Most claimants find we can handle their claim over the telephone and never need to attend court.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice