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When driving in Victoria, the road rules and regulations are strictly enforced. Learn more about Victoria's road rules.
Road rules in Victoria which differ from elsewhere in AustraliaWhile road rules are generally consistent throughout Australia's states and territories, there are a few minor differences in Victoria. They include:
For further details of road rules unique to Victoria including those in relation to trams on Melbourne's streets, see information for tourists about Victoria's road rules.
Traffic conditions and reportsBefore setting out on your journey, check if there are any road or traffic conditions which may affect you. Get real-time estimates of expected travel times and view live traffic cameras on Melbourne's freeways and major roads.
Break downsThe RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria) provides roadside service across Victoria to its members and also to motorists from interstate motoring club affiliates (NRMA, RACQ, RACT, RAA, RAC and AANT) who are driving in Victoria. Telephone 13 11 11 for help.
Help phones (emergency phones) are installed on urban and rural freeways throughout Victoria which connect to the VicRoads traffic control centre from where help can be organised.
If you break down on the CityLink toll road in inner Melbourne, telephone the CityLink traffic control room on 13 26 29 for assistance. The CityLink road network is monitored continuously along its entire length by cameras, so even pulling into an emergency stopping lane for a few minutes to answer your mobile phone or make a call may result in a help crew being dispatched.
If you break down on the EastLink toll road in Melbourne's eastern and southern suburbs, and you're able to safely move off the road, contact the RACV for help if you're a member. Otherwise phone the EastLink traffic control room on 13 54 65 for assistance. If your vehicle is causing a traffic hazard, report the incident immediately to the EastLink traffic control room.
AccidentsIf you are involved in an accident on the road, there are some important things to be aware of.
Safe motoringAlcohol affects the judgement and reaction time of drivers and is a major factor in many road accidents. Driving under the influence of alcohol above the limit applicable to your licence type is a serious offence. Random breath tests are conducted by police throughout the state, day and night. If you are planning to drink, the safest option is not to drive but either make use of public transport, hire a taxi, or arrange for someone else to pick you up.
Driving while under the influence of drugs has also been found to be a contributing factor to a number of road accidents. It is illegal to drive while affected by an illicit drug, such as cannabis, ecstasy, ice or speed, as well as legal drugs which impair a person's ability to drive. Police conduct random drug tests of drivers throughout the state.
Driver fatigue is responsible for a significant number of accidents on Victoria's roads. To help combat fatigue on long trips, start a trip after a good night's sleep, drive at times you are normally awake, and take regular breaks. The only cure for fatigue is sleep, so even a 15 minute "powernap" offers safety benefits.
Try to avoid driving between dusk and dawn through rural areas populated by native wildlife. Many native animals are nocturnal, so it's during that time they are actively searching for food and may wander onto roads and cause an accident. If driving during that time, slow down, keep an eye out for animals, and if any cross in front of your vehicle, dip your headlights so as not to dazzle them. If you injure wildlife while driving, call the RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria) on 13 11 11 and they will connect you to the wildlife carer network.
Courtesy on the roadEvery day, millions of vehicles use Victoria's extensive road network. Drivers have a responsibility to share the roads and consider all other road users. Courteous driver behaviour helps to improve everyone's driving experience and motorists should keep the following points in mind:
FuelFuel for motor vehicles is readily available throughout much of Victoria, although if visiting remote places that are a long distance from towns, ensure you have adequate supplies.
Fuel is sold at a variety of outlets including service stations which are part of branded groups such as Ampol, APCO, BP, Caltex, Mobil, Shell and United. There are also a number of unbranded independent petrol stations. Some convenience stores, such as 7-Eleven and Quix, offer petrol at selected outlets. Supermarket chain Woolworths/Safeway has a group of co-branded Caltex Woolworths/Safeway petrol stations, while rival Coles has a network of Coles Express petrol stations which are supplied by Shell. Fuel discounts for customers of those supermarkets, subject to certain requirements, are offered.
Petrol stations sell a range of fuel types including some or all of the following:
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