Road trip in a motor home or campervans is full of thrills and adventure. Besides, Australia is a great self-drive holiday destination because it offers long stretches of never-ending roads, large open areas, and spectacular natural scenery. Nevertheless, driving at night in Australia is different than daytime.
Even if you succeeded in the training at the Ltrent’s NSW Safer Drivers Course, it is crucial to get familiar with what to look out for when you drive in Australia at night.
When the sun goes down in Australia, the animals like possums, kangaroos, wallaby’s, and more moves around and there is a possibility they may end up playing on the roads. At night, the temperature drops but the roads are warm, so it is an ideal place for some wildlife to enjoy asleep. They may get startled with sudden headlight flashes and no one is aware of how they react. There is a possibility of an inevitable collision.
Even during dusk and dawn the animals are most active but the visibility is compromised. Just imagine getting bumped into a kangaroo on an isolated road, at night. The vehicle breaks down and no towing company is available until daytime. You will need to spend the entire night in a broken vehicle, which can be traumatic for a family with young kids.
Isolated road stretches
Australia is a stunning country but is also harsh in terms of weather. The summers can rise to 40°C and significantly drop into negatives. In spring, autumn, and winter, the roads become slippery and hard to drive. You don’t desire to get stranded on the vast stretches for more than 8 hours because it can take a tow truck to reach that much time to rescue your vehicle.
Poor mobile coverage
In some areas, there is no or poor mobile coverage. If you get in an accident then without mobile coverage it means you need to wait for some other car to pass and get help. How much time this can take is unpredictable!
Decreased visibility at night time
The car headlights are the only source of illumination at nighttime. If there is an oncoming traffic glare then your visibility gets decreased even more that can hamper your reaction time. This is not ideal when you get challenged with wildlife standing right on the road.
Safe nighttime driving tips
- At night, headlights are the crucial tool for safe driving. Learn how to operate all the light controls including high beams, parking lights, driving lights, and fog lights.
- Never look directly at an oncoming car because staring can daze you but concentrate on the lane marking on the roadside. The car headlights will illuminate the lane markings, which you can follow even if the road has a curve.
- Learn what the eyes of animals look like in the headlights. If you see red or green glints in front and are not moving, it is possibly an animal. Headlights freeze the animals, so they don’t move. You need to slow down and offer them an opportunity to move away.
To enjoy your road trips in Australia ensure to get familiar with the driving rules, take sufficient rest, and plan your trip properly.