Welcome to Australia: an over-regulated nanny state travellers guide

Welcome to Australia: an over-regulated nanny state travellers guide
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Traveling to Australia or New Zealand can be an exciting adventure, but it’s important to be aware of the local laws and regulations. To help ensure your safety and avoid any trouble with the authorities, we’ve compiled a helpful list of 15 tips/laws that you should keep in mind during your visit.

When driving a car;

  • Do not touch your phone after starting the car
  • Always wear your seatbelt 
  • Indicate when pulling out, turning, and leaving a roundabout
  • Come to a complete stop at every stop sign, even if the intersection is completely clear
  • Do not load the back of your car so high that it obscures your vision
  • Do not go more than three kilometer’s per hour over the speed limit
  • Do not go under the speed limit and hold up traffic
  • Turn on your headlights in low light and the dark
  • Be careful when using your high beams or fog lights to not cause others distraction
  • Do not stick your hand out the window (this has been described by Business Insider as the Most Bizarre Driving Law from around the world) 
  • Don’t use your car horn improperly
  • Pay attention to parking signs (or you’ll have a fine placed on the car)
  • Make sure that no part of your vehicle is sticking out when parked.
  • Do not walk more than two meters away from your car without locking it and 
  • Do not walk away from you car leaving your windows down, even a little bit on a hot day.

While the rules and regulations in Australia and New Zealand may seem strict and expensive if you break them, it’s worth remembering that they’re in place for a reason. By following these simple tips (laws), you can help ensure that you stay safe and avoid any trouble with the law during your visit and save you money.

Of course, it’s not just the rules of the road that you need to be aware of when traveling to these countries. There are a few other things to keep in mind as well. For example, if you’re walking around the cities, be careful not to cross against the little red man if you’re within 20 meters of a pedestrian crossing.

If you’re planning on doing any outdoor activities during your visit, it’s important to be aware of the local wildlife. Both Australia and New Zealand are home to a variety of unique and sometimes dangerous animals, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions to stay safe. For example, if you’re hiking in the Australian bush, make sure to carry plenty of water and wear protective clothing to avoid getting bitten by snakes or spiders.

Finally, it’s important to be aware of the local customs and traditions when it comes to leaving a tip (tipping). In Australia and New Zealand, it’s not customary to leave a large tip for your server at a restaurant. Instead, a small tip of 10% or so is usually sufficient. It’s also worth noting that prices in these countries often include tax.

So pack your bags and come down under for a wonderful and safe experience!

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