Bobbie the Bear


 

 


wants you to

drive safely in Tasmania.

Here’s how.

 

  • Always drive on the left side of the road
  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Slow down and drive carefully:
    • On winding roads
    • On gravel roads
    • If there has been or is ice and snow
    • Beware of animals
  • Stay alert. Rest regularly.
  • Always park your vehicle off the road in a safe place when stopping to take photographs or rest. Never stop in the middle of the road.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Everyone in your vehicle must wear a seatbelt, and children
    must be secured in an approved child seat. Your rental vehicle company can rent child
    seats to you if you didn’t bring your own.
  • Keep to the speed limit and always stop at “stop” signs.
  • Always slow down to observe recommended speeds around bends and check for oncoming traffic on one-lane bridges.
  • Overtake other vehicles only when it’s safe to do so. Use passing lanes whenever possible,
    and never cross a solid line on your side of the centre line.
  • Stay well-rested. Plan to drive for up to two hours at a time and take regular breaks during your journey to stretch your legs.
  • Drive to the conditions. Reduce your speed if it’s raining, icy, snowing, windy in a roadworks area or if the road has a lot of hills and curves.
  • Distances may seem short on a map but Tasmanian roads may be narrower than you’re used to, cover hilly terrain and vary from motorways (freeways) to unsealed gravel roads.
    Estimate driving times here or ask your accommodation provider.
  • You’re more likely to crash if you drive when tired. Tips to help you stay alert:
    • Get plenty of rest before a long drive.
    • Take a break from driving every two hours.
    • If possible, share the driving with someone else.
    • Avoid large meals and drink plenty of fluid.
    • If you begin to feel sleepy, stop at a safe place and try to have a short sleep for up to 40 minutes.
    • If you’re feeling very tired, find a place to stay overnight.
  • Do not drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in Tasmania and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders.
  • It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in Tasmania. If you need to make a call
    or send a text, pull over at a rest area or in a safe place.
  • Etiquette tip
    • If you’re driving a campervan or motorhome during your Tasmanian driving holiday
      and you have traffic backed up behind you, pull over as soon as you can safely do
      so to let other vehicles pass.
  • Safety tips
    • In an emergency, ring Police, Fire or Ambulance by dialing 000.
  • Weather tips
    • Tasmania’s weather is changeable so check the forecast here before each journey so you can drive to the conditions. Allow for extra driving time if the weather is not good.