Driving in south australia - we drive on the left-hand side

Pack your bags and set off on a South Australian driving vacation. Learn more about our road rules and pick up some tips before hitting the road.

In Australia, we drive on the left-hand side of the road, and our speed is measured in kilometers, not miles.

You are permitted to drive the same class of vehicle as your license permits you to at home. All you will need is a valid, current, full US license. You must carry your license on you at all times and produce it, as well as your passport, to police upon request. You must not be disqualified from driving and if your license expires in Australia, you must get an Australian license.

Car Rentals

Renting a car in South Australia is easy. You can rent a car with any valid driver’s license as long as it is in English. For licenses in other languages you will need to supply an approved English translation or International Driving Permit (IDP). Please note that some car rental companies will not allow you to hire a car unless you have had your driver’s license at least a year.

Car Hire Companies

You will find car rental facilities at the Adelaide Airport and throughout the city and suburbs. Some of our most popular car rental businesses are Budget, Koala Rentals, Thrifty Car Rental, Avis Adelaide, Hertz and Europcar.

Distances and Safety Tips

There are many dirt, gravel and unsealed roads in the outback and other regions, including Kangaroo Island.

Extra precaution should be taken when driving in these conditions and the appropriate insurance should be purchased. Check with your car hire company to make sure you can take your hire car on these roads.

You should avoid driving between dusk and dawn, and in poor weather when outside city areas. Kangaroos, emus and koalas are known to wander into traffic unexpectedly, particularly in low light.

Blood Alcohol Limit

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in Australia for a fully-licenced driver is under 0.05. South Australian Police operate mobile drug and breath testing units year-round. It is an offence to drive with a BAC over 0.05. For more information, visit the Motor Accident Commission website.

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