When travelling in remote areas, ensure you follow the below tips for a safe and enjoyable trip.
Check your route carefully.
Before leaving for your trip, give someone a copy of your itinerary and agree dates and times to contact them to let them know that all is well.
Ensure your vehicle is suitable for outback travel.
Do not overload the vehicle.
Consider hiring a two-way radio if intending to travel in very remote areas.
Carry the best maps you can, but always check with the locals on road conditions, fuel availability and weather conditions.
Plan your fuel consumption and refuelling points. Remember that service stations in the outback may have limited opening hours.
Do not stray from your intended route as you may consume extra fuel or you could get lost.
When travelling on very remote roads, inform local authorities of your route and intended arrival time.
Carry sufficient supplies of food, water and fuel.
Try to avoid driving at dusk, night or dawn. Wild or farm animals may stray onto the road and their behaviour can be unpredictable.
When driving on an unmade road towards an approaching vehicle, pull off to the left of the road, keeping the right-hand wheels on the road surface at all times. Slow down but do not stop as the road shoulders may be soft.
Be aware of dust on the road which may conceal potholes and washouts.
Always carry an emergency supply of water, five litres per person per day in hot areas.
If you break down, stay with your vehicle. It is much easier to locate a vehicle than a person.