What the Law says
Visitors intending to drive in South Australia must ensure they are driving legally and safely. Visitors must observe the road rules and driver’s licence requirements that apply in South Australia. For more information visit the mylicence website.
Many visitors come to Australia to experience the wide open spaces. What they may not realise, is how big Australia really is and that the distances between townships vary significantly, with distances between major cities even greater. In this arid continent, the conditions can be very hot and dry, with fuel and food not always available at regular intervals.
Compared with their country of origin, international visitors may be faced with a number of challenges on South Australia’s roads, including:
Road crash facts
In the past 5 years (2010-2014) in South Australia, crashes involving overseas drivers accounted for less than 1 percent of all serious injury crashes and around 3.5 percent of fatal crashes. In total 10 serious injury and 17 fatal crashes were reported over the past 5 years.
Nine out of the ten serious injury crashes occurred in metropolitan Adelaide, while 16 out of the 17 fatal crashes occurred in rural South Australia, predominantly on roads with a speed limit of 100 km/h and over.
Particular areas of concern for overseas visits driving in rural areas include driver fatigue, failure to wear seatbelts, overturning of vehicles, head on and angle crashes.
Safety tips for visitors
The department provides access to resources for overseas visitors, students and new residents including:
Companies wishing to help provide this information to South Australian visitor can order these resources from the mylicence website.
Watson, B, Tunnicliff, D, Manderson, J, O’Connor, E, Stefaniw, M, Fraine, G, & Samuels, S 2004, The safety of international visitors on Australian roads, Monograph 2, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Carseldine, Queensland.
The South Australian Government is committed to the introduction of a heavy vehicle inspection scheme to identify, monitor and mitigate un-roadworthiness of heavy vehicles on South Australian roads.
As part of Operation Moving Traffic, extended clearways will be installed on Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton Road and Main North Road to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
Major construction works for the upgrade of Main South Road, between Old Coach Road and Malpas Road, are now complete.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will be improving safety at the junction of Swanport Road, Bridge Street and Mannum Road, Murray Bridge by widening the intersection for vehicles turning in and out of Bridge Street.