"To Be Prepared Is Half The Victory quote: Miguel De Cervantes
The amount of Melbourne traffic on the roads at any one time is determined by ...
* the times of the day you travel
* where you want to go
*how you want to get there
On this page you are provided with some essential road rules to follow when driving in and around Melbourne.
These, combined with links to other sites, will help you navigate Melbourne's ...
* freeways * highways * suburban streets
Hopefully, this information will help make your road trip planning an easy and stress free process.
“Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions.”
Jenn McKinlay, Books Can Be Deceiving
Throughout Melbourne's streets, highways and freeways, Melbourne drivers have to be consciously aware of speed signs. Normal traffic flows at a speed of 80kph with this reduced to 30/40/50/60 and 70 speed zones depending on where the road is, what time of day and any temporary road work sign that is displayed.
Going over the speed limit is illegal and can incur a hefty fine and loss of demerit points if caught doing so.
Speed cameras pop up all over the place, something that is supposed to keep drivers driving at designated speeds. Quite a few road intersections, ones usually with traffic lights, will have these cameras operating. Not only do they capture speedsters but also drivers who run the 'red light'. Registration number plates are captured and the offending driver is sent a fine.
Extra care needs to be taken when approaching a school zone during specific times of the day. These are displayed clearly on the road sign nearby for all drivers to see.
Here is a practical street directory allowing Melbourne Traffic to navigate its way through the Melbourne CBD, Melbourne's suburbs and the Victorian countryside.
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* Includes two pop-up maps covering Melbourne's inner suburbs and the Central Business District
* Additional maps covering the docklands, St Kilda and a tram map are also included
* Handy, self-folding tourist map is small enough to fit in your pocket yet offers extensive coverage of the city in an easy-to-use format
* Thorough street index is also featured and cross-referenced to the map so you can easily find your destination
* Hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions are all included Ideal to pop in a pocket or bag for quick reference while exploring the city. Contents include:
* Melbourne inner suburbs PopOut Map
* Melbourne Central Business District PopOut Map
* Docklands detail map
* St Kilda detail map
* Tram map
Melbourne City can be quite daunting to drive through if you are unfamiliar with the roads, any changes to traffic conditions or redevelopments.
I always find it so handy to plan ahead and in this day and age it is so easy to do just that.
Using A Road Map Melbourne And Outer Suburban Areas - Google Makes It Easy To Get Around
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Another modern day invention is the car sat nav (car satellite navigation). This car gps device will instruct you as to where to turn, what direction you are going in, if you deviate from your programmed destination, tollways, driving over the speed limit for that road and where speed cameras are operating.
Before you head on out on that road trip sometimes it is best to check the road traffic conditions. The RACV interactive road maps will help you here. These road maps are updated every ten minutes.
Another excellent interactive road map giving you an updated Melbourne traffic report is the Google Live Traffic map
Either will give you an excellent way to make your driving experience as pleasurable as possible.
In the central city, cars are generally not allowed to travel on tram lanes, so designated right-turn lanes are not possible.
The hook turn allows a clear passage of trams and also prevents right-turning drivers from having to wait or check that there are no trams crossing their pathway.
Melbourne traffic needs to be aware that on some roads there are bike lanes specifically designed to keep the bike rider safe and the traffic flowing. These are usually obvious by the markings on the roadway and sometimes by the finish on the road itself.
Buses also have these sort of designated lanes and are clearly marked on specific Melbourne streets.
Tram lines are marked clearly so as to keep Melbourne traffic from disturbing their carriageway. Passing a tram requires considerable care. Trams have stop signs and indicators installed on them these days. Be aware that when a tram stops you must stop as well to allow it's passengers to get on and off safely. To drive through when a tram is stopped will incur a hefty fine.
Unfortunately no longer restricted to one hour, Melbourne traffic has to contend with the morning rush which lasts about 2 and 3/4 hours and generally between 6.15am and 9am.
I've driven the Monash Freeway after 9:00am and it has been terrible. Depends on the day and the amount of heavy vehicles that are using the road it appears. Just listen to the radio and follow their prompts.
The evening peak hour on freeways now lasts about 3 and 1/4 hours, generally between about 3:15pm and 6:30pm week days.
Weekends are getting busier with parents shuttling kids to sporting event and other activities. Check with the Google traffic map before heading out or leave plenty of time to get to your destination.
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