A road trip in the Northern Territory can make for the adventure of a lifetime. Ensure your vehicle is in good working order before you leave and follow these safety tips to make sure your adventure is memorable for all the right reasons.
Familiarise yourself with local road rules: vehicles travel on the left-hand side of the road, seatbelts are compulsory, and speed limits apply to all roads, even in the outback.
Road conditions and closures
Check road conditions before you leave. Conditions can vary from sealed roads to gravel and dirt roads, and can be affected by weather. Do not travel on a road that has been closed, and do not attempt to cross flooded roads or bridges unless absolutely certain of the depth and the road condition.
Fatigue and dehydration
Be wary of driver fatigue. Plan to stop for a short break every two hours, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Always carry spare tyres, tools and water. If travelling long distances or to remote areas, take extra fuel as well.
Lost or broken down
Stay with your vehicle: a missing vehicle is easier to locate than missing people.
Road trains are large trucks that can measure up to 50 metres in length. Always give them plenty of room and, if overtaking, allow at least one kilometre of clear road ahead.
Stock and wildlife
Be wary of stock and wildlife straying onto the road, especially at dawn, dusk, and at night time.
Not all railway crossings have audible warning signals, so be sure to look both ways, listen and give way to approaching trains before crossing.
Alcohol and drugs
The legal blood alcohol level for drivers is 0.05%. Driving after taking drugs that impair your ability to drive is illegal.