Plenty of newcomers to Melbourne are excited by the multicultural capital in Australia, its natural landscape, unique flora and fauna and the iconic Australian accent, people and their customs.
But perhaps the biggest shock to tourists embarking on their first visit to Melbourne is the enormity of the Australian land and how far it can stretch. Given the sheer size of our country the only means to explore the real Australia like a local is via car and for many that represents a cultural roadblock – pun intended.
For many travellers, the only way to explore this sunburnt country is to get behind the wheel and drive. People new to Melbourne often opt for a rental car to start exploring. But, as is the nature of discovering the other side of the world, it can be quite daunting having to get accustomed to different ways of doing things.
Many foreigners are floored by the challenge of getting into their rental car where they discover the steering wheel is on the other side. Imagine the added horror of having to drive on the other side of the road that they are used to!
It makes sense then that newcomers to Australia enrol in driving school. While travellers might already have their licence, learning to drive on the other side of the world is much like when you first learn how to drive.
Do you remember the first time you got behind the steering wheel, that daunting, nervous, apprehensive experience? You may laugh and imagine that taking driving lessons overseas when you already hold a driver’s licence is a waste of money. However, having a driving instructor helping you along as you navigate through foreign Melbourne roads can be a calming, reassuring safety net when you first arrive in Melbourne.
Plus, an experienced Melbourne-based driving instructor can teach you the ins and outs of the city’s geography so you can do better explore once on your own in a car. Confusing road rules like hook turns in the CBD are less overwhelming with an expert by your passenger side.
Having the foundations of the city will build your confidence driving on the other side of the car and on the other side of the road that you’re used to. Your chances of uncovering hidden gems tucked away in Melbourne and beyond and your independence from public transport and other commuting measures will be enhanced when driving a rental car or seeking out your own.
With the help of a seasoned driver local to Melbourne and the newfound confidence instilled within you to explore and discover new parts of the earth, your adventures are no longer limited by a bus timetable, only limited by your imagination.