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Driving to the conditions

Planning and preparing for a safe journey before leaving home is always important. Road conditions in the NT can suddenly change due to extreme weather conditions at any time of the year. We’ve outlined some tips to help ensure you drive safely, no matter what the conditions are.

Wet weather

  • Safe distance – it is recommended to leave a three-second gap between you and the vehicle in front. Extend this to four seconds in wet weather and at night.
  • Avoid braking suddenly or accelerating or turning quickly – this reduces your chances of skidding.
  • Stay away from puddles and standing water where possible, as the water or hidden potholes can cause damage to your car’s engine and suspension.
  • When visibility is poor, turn your headlights on. 

Driving at night

  • Turn your headlights on as soon as it begins to get dark and visibility reduces.
  • Keep left unless overtaking and use extra caution when overtaking during conditions with poor visibility.
  • Watch out for wildlife – use your high beam lights where possible, so you can see further down the road and the sides of the road.


  • Keep left unless overtaking and use extra caution when overtaking during conditions with poor visibility.
  • Make sure your windscreen is clean and free of dirt and dust, as it can obstruct your view.
  • The sun is more likely to shine directly into your eyes at dusk – bring sunglasses with you and use your sun visor.

Extreme heat

  • Check your tyre pressure often, as the hotter roads can cause more wear and tear to tyres.
  • Consider your car’s battery – hot weather makes batteries work harder and can cause damage.
  • Remember to look after yourself by staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen.

Extreme wind

  • Be cautious of hazards on the road such as fallen trees and debris.
  • Reduce your speed in high winds to help ground your vehicle and maintain control.
  • Avoid towing trailers and caravans, if possible, during high winds.

Keep an eye on the Road Report NT before you travel, so you can stay up to date with road condition info including accidents, obstructions and road closures.

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