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9 surprising road rules

that you've probably unknowingly broken. Here's a list of driving offences you could be pulled up for, according to Whichcar.com.au 1. Beepi...

Road Trip: ACT

City Break Canberra has thrown off its boring-city shackles well and truly. The nation’s capital is the new shopping mecca, home to lots of unique boutiques and bustling markets. Nestled between Kingston and Manuka in the stylish East Hotel, Muse is where books and great food and wine collide; a meeting place for those who enjoy a grenache with their Grenville...

How to... drive on sand

DO YOUR HOMEWORK As with any off-roading, research where you’re going. Local council websites can be helpful as to which beaches permit the use of vehicles. If in doubt, contact the local tourist information centre. Check out tide times to make sure you’re not caught off guard. Aim to start your journey on an...

Surviving the annual family road trip

1. Double your travel time However long you think you can do the trip in, count twice as long. Pushing on with tired, grumpy children (or grown-ups, for that matter) doesn’t make for a relaxing trip. Factor in multiple rest times, pit stops and any spontaneous detours. 2. Pack snacks Cheaper than service-station treats, and instantly deployable. Dry ones...

Road trip: TAS

City break The “island at the edge of the world” has an art scene that certainly maintains major capital city status. Mona, a half hour fast ferry up the Derwent River, is a Disneyland (albeit the adult version) of weird and wonderful works. Currently on show is their ongoing exhibit Monanism, and Hound in the Hunt, a live...

Driverless trucks - fact or fiction?

It’s the stuff of sci-fi movies starring Tom Cruise: convoys of trucks hauling cargo across continents… with no one at the wheel. In May 2015, the first self-driving truck drove the state of Nevada. Since then, driverless truck testing has occurred around the world, including a convoy that drove across Europe to the port of Rotterdam...

History of the Ute

1925 The first series production ute was the 1925 Ford Model T. This vehicle had a two-seat body, with canvas hood and a wooden, stake-side body, on top of heavier-rated rear springs. 1933 A Gippsland farmer’s wife writes a letter to Ford Australia, asking: “Can you build me a vehicle that we can use to...

Road trip: WA

City break: While Perth is still in possession of some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, there’s more to this capital city than surf breaks and sundowners. Summer is an especially great time to visit: check out the quirky Fringe World in January, while the Perth International Arts Festival keeps the party going in February and March. A distinctly urban vibe is...

Truck vs. Car

SIZE Obviously, a car is smaller than a truck. Which means your spatial awareness is challenged, plus your vantage point is much higher. It’s always a good idea to take a few practice turns (and parking) in an empty carpark to get a feel for your dimensions. POWER While it may not be as fast...

Secret Sydney Airport

You only need to mention “M5 tunnel” t0 anyone familiar with Sydney’s south-east to elicit a groan of frustration. Frequently gridlocked, the arterial road to and from Kingsford Smith airport is a quagmire of commuters, trucks and pretty much anyone flying anywhere. Way to start a holiday. The government and Sydney Airport are about two ...

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