Driving in Central Australia
Tips to make your holiday enjoyable and safe
Caravans - Convoys should leave at least 200 metres between vehicles so other vehicles, including road trains, are able to overtake.
4WD Vehicles - It is recommended to engage 4 wheel drive when travelling on unsealed roads. Ensure you know how to drive vehicle correctly as some 4WD vehicles handle differently to a standard car.
Animals and Birds - may be on the road and active at night, sunrise, and sunset. Slow down and sound horn. Do not swerve to miss them.
Dust - Vehicles on unsealed roads can raise a dust cloud, obscuring vision. Slow down or stop until dust settles. Switch headlights on to make your vehicle more visible.
Flooded Roads - Some Territory roads are prone to flash flooding. Check for depth, force and submerged objects before crossing or wait for the water level to drop.
Alcohol - Even a small amount can affect judgement. If driving dot drink alcohol.
Avoid Fatigue - Driving long distances in hot weather can cause dehydration and fatigue. STOP for a break every two hours, stretch your legs and change drivers. Carry and drink plenty of water.
Speed - Travel at speeds that allow you to stop safely, that suit the road, vehicle, your driving experience and weather conditions.
Seat Belts - Wear and ensure all passengers wear seat belts. Seat belts save lives and prevent serious injury.
Rollover Accidents - are a major cause of death. If you drift off the edge of the road, let the vehicle gradually slow down, keeping the wheels straight and without braking ease the car back on the road.
Road trains - can be up to 53.5 metres long, have three trailers and travel up to 100 kms per hour. Allow at least one km of clear road ahead before overtaking. A road train needs a long distance to stop, so allow enough space between you and following road trains before stopping or slowing down.
To check road conditions in the Northern Territory before you travel use NT Road Safety freecall number 1800 246 199