Driving, Road Rules, Canberra
I noticed that in Canberra, above all other cities in Australia, Ute drivers had something to say. In particular, this driver's vehicle was a rolling billboard, although he had so many messages, I didn't know what he was really trying to say. This vehicle is called a Ute, which is short for Utility Vehicle. Shorter than a pickup truck, but normally with just as much power, these little car/trucks pack some major towing power and a bed for hauling supplies. In this particular case, the owner was also an activist for several causes. When someone is this passionate on that many topics, then it is best to just exchange pleasantries, because anything more could cause a ruckus. We do encourage you to take the time and read every bumper sticker if you like!
There are many, many bike tracks and running tracks in and around Canberra, they are shared with foot traffic too. The custom in Canberra is for bikes comming up behind people walkling or slower moving traffic than themselves to call out "WAY !" to let you know they are about to overtake, the pedestrian is expected to move to the left, fairly quickly !
Remember now your expected to jump to the LEFT. If you from a country that drives on the right hand side of the road your instinct will probably be to jump to the right, this will get you into a heap of trouble. Most bike riders are fairly good natured in my experience, but you never know.
You don't hail cabs in Canberra. You need to get one in a taxi rank or call them over the phone. Taxis are difficult to get on late nights from Thursday-Saturday because Canberrans often go out to clubs and restaurants during these times.
Australians drive on the left hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60 km/h (35mph) and 100 km/h (60mph) on country roads and highways, unless signs indicate otherwise.
You need to have a license from your country of residence, or an international drivers permit. License and a valid passport must be carried at all times when driving.