Driving Tips

At the time of collecting your vehicle from Lo Cost Auto Rent Car Rental Tasmania we take the time to familiarise you with the vehicle's safety equipment including air-bags, hazard lights, windshield wipers, spare tyre, seatbelts and door locks. We recommend that you check that the seating position is comfortable and that mirrors are positioned so that you can see traffic clearly from your normal driving position. We will also gladly provide you with directions before leaving our offices..

Travel Distances

Tasmania is a relativle small island enabling you to see a lot of the state within a short time frame. However, given the diversity of the state and the large amount of attractions to see and explore, we recommend you take your time to not only ensure your safety but take in all that Tasmania has to offer. Please click here for a driving times / distances chart that you can use as a guide when planning your travel around Tasmania.

Speed Limits

Speed limits in Tasmania are posted in kilometres per hour (km/h). Generally, the speed limit on open roads range between 100-110 km/h. From 1 May 2002 the speed limit in most Tasmanian suburban streets was reduced to 50 km/h. Please note that if there is no speed limit sign, then the limit is 50 km/h in that street. Those visiting Tasmania from non-Commonwealth countries, note that you will be required to drive on the left-hand side of the road!

Radar guns and speed cameras are used extensively in Tasmania. Drivers should slow down if traffic, lighting or weather conditions make it necessary. Near schools, pedestrian crossings, rail crossings particular care is required. Special speed limits are prescribed in certain parts of Tasmania such as near schools.

Vehicles towing caravans or trailers may face further restrictions on speed limits. Please check with your Lo Cost Auto Rent Car Rental Tasmania customer services officer if you are unsure.

Drink driving

Strict drink-driving laws apply in Tasmania. Random breath testing, for the checking of blood alcohol levels, is conducted throughout Tasmania on a regular basis. All insurance is invalid if drivers exceed the legal alcohol limit in Tasmania which is currently 0.5mg (.05) per litre of blood.

Driver's Licence

An international visitor may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver's licence as long as it is for the same class of vehicle. Always carry your licence when driving. If your licence is not in English, you must carry a translation. An international driver's permit must be accompanied by a valid driver's permit.

4WD driving in Tasmania

Locost Auto Rent reserves the right to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road and weather conditions. With 4WD, Motor Homes and Campervans there are few restrictions on where the vehicles may go howevre the vehicle must stay on recognised tracks and gazetted roads or risk invalidating your insurance. If unsure about the area you are travelling to please tlak to your Lo Cost Auto Rent Car Rental Tasmania customer services representative..

Petrol Prices

Petrol in Australia comes in premium, unleaded and leaded grades and is sold by the litre. Petrol and diesel fuel in Tasmania currently costs between AUD $1.50 and AUD $1.80 per litre however it can be higher in country and remote areas. Please also note that whilst fuel stops are generally plentiful it is recommended that you maintain a full fuel tank; especially if travelling late at night. Most fuel outlets accept most major credit cards.

Keep left

We drive on the left side of the road in Tasmania and all driver must keep left of the centre of the road unless overtaking or turning right.

Night Driving

You must drive with your headlights and rear lights on between sunset and sunrise. During days with conditions of poor visibility, i.e. fog or rain, it is also recommended that you drive with your lights on. Low beam must be used in suburban areas and when using high beam on the open road, dip your headlights when an approaching vehicle is within 200m or as soon as the other vehicle's lights are dipped.

Passing / Overtaking

On the highway or open road drivers must stay in the left lane unless overtaking (right lane is for overtaking vehicles.) Please take care when driving on unfa,iliar roads and note that crossing the centre line of the road on a blind crest or a curve is strictly prohibited.


Parking of vehicles and disabled parking is controlled by the various local government authorities throughout Tasmania.

In major cities,

parking areas will often have pole signage advising of parking restrictions. During business hours some public parking areas are limited to certain times so please ensure you observe parking restrictions. Most major towns and cities use different types of parking meters or ticket vending machines so be sure to check and pay applicable parking fees.

Reporting an accident

Driver must stop and render assistance in the event that they come across an accident. In the event that you are involved in an accident the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicles involved should be exchanged between those parties involved. In the event that there is personal injury ot the possibility of injury or significant damage arising from the accident, it must be reported immediately to the Police. The emergecy number for Police, Fire and Ambulance in Tasmania is 000.

It is also recommended that you check with local Police at the time of an accident in relation to reporting procedures and report any accident to Lo Cost Auto Rent Car Rental Tasmania or risk invalidation of your rental agreement.


Under no circumstances should you leave luggage unattended or valuables visible in your rental vehicle. Take extra care to carry valuables with you and ensure your vehicle is safley locked before leaving the vehicle.

Seat belts and child restraints

It is compulsory for drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts at all times whilst driving in Tasmania. Children must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint or adult seat belt if fitted to the vehicle. Baby and child seats can be hired from both Lo Cost Auto Rent Car Rental Tasmania at the time of booking.

Traffic Infringements

If you are fined, the fine will be sent to Lo Cost Auto Rent Car Rental Tasmania who will in turn charge the renter for any traffic infringement notices, parking fines or unreported vehicle or third party damage.


Lo Cost Auto Rent has been providing cheap car rental at affordable car hire rates in Tasmania for the last 30 years. We're a family owned and operated business with offices all around Tasmania. Our car rental Tasmania prices cannot be beaten and with our friendly customer service you wont want to rent from anywhere else. Make sure you head over to our specials page and grab yourself a bargain.


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