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Motoring Today

Whether you’re an Aussie or you’re visiting, there is nothing like a road trip down under. As one of the biggest islands on the planet, travellers get to see a hell of a lot of culture and history from the comfort of their vehicles.

But, that doesn’t mean any old car will suffice. Aus is a big place with different rules and it’s important to choose a motor that fits the brief. Of course, to do this, you need to understand what it’s like to drive on the left-hand side of the road surrounded by kangaroos. Keep reading to find out.


The Terrain Is Ever-Changing

For the most part, there is no need for a 4x4 if you’re only going to stick to the main roads. However, a word of warning: lots of the attractions and sites are tucked away up dirt tracks. Think Alice Rock or any natural landmark on the entire continent. With this in mind, it’s better to buy or hire a big SUV with four-wheel drive capability so that you don’t get stuck in the middle of anywhere. It’s for this reason that’s the likes of Jeep, Range Rover and Mitsubishi are favourites in Australia.

The Outback Is Real

And it pops up out of nowhere. While this sounds stupid, it’s not easy to tell when you’re in the outback and out of range of civilisation. At some point after hours of driving, the realisation will hit and you will probably panic. The good news is you’ve got one base covered: a four-wheel drive vehicle. The next thing on the list should be some supplies in case the tyres sink into the sand or you have to leave the car and walk. Always pack a shovel and makeshift tracks as well as a couple of gallons of water. Oh, sun cream, a hat and long clothes never go amiss either.


Australia Is Huge

You’ve hired a car and driven all the way from the east coast to the west, or vice versa. Because you planned on getting back to your starting point, you didn’t tick the “return to another dealership” option. Now, you’re thousands of miles away with very little time to spare. There are two choices: A) drive back non-stop and hope for the best, or B) catch a flight. With a vehicle transport service, they can return the car as soon as possible without the need to stop constantly. As long as it’s cheaper than fuel and a possible fine, it’s a no-brainer.


Kangaroos Are Like Moths

In the sense that they are attracted to lights. So, driving at night is risky as one might jump through the window. Considering they are ten feet of pure muscle, nobody wants to test out this theory. As a rule, it’s best not to drive at night to avoid hitting one and causing all kinds of damage, mental and physical. If it’s unavoidable, dip the headlights and keep your eyes peeled.

One last thing: have an incredible time. This might be biased but Australia is the best!

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