Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Advisories and Urgent Information > Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road

Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road Recent News, political or military events, which may affect trip plans or routes. Personal and vehicle security, tips and questions.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 15 Nov 2010
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Riding the world on Multiple bikes
Posts: 37
Road rules

Hi I find your site very helpfull for planing my big ride, thankyou for doing it.

I was wondering if there is anywhere (I haven't found it yet) that has road rule veriants for different countries.
Yes i understand this is a hard one for people to add info to because, if you are like me, you haven't actually check the road rules for countries your going to or you're old enough to have forgotten what the rules where 20 years ago when you got your licences (they will have changed since then too).
As with most driving the Golden rule is


This rule has keep me alive even after 5yrs of being a motorbike courier in London.
The sort of road rules I'm talking about are, for example in Australia (where i stay ish). If you are turning left from a standard road and someone is turning into the same road (right hand turn) from the opersite direction you do not have to give way to them. But in New Zealand (where i'm from) you do it's a simple move but that sort of change in road rules can course an accident.

I also understand from my trip around western europe a while ago that driving on the other side of the road can be confusing. And changing from countries that are miles per hour to kilometers per hour has had me pulled before too.

You have traveled more than me so I thought I would ask you all what you think. Obviously most road rules are the same but the small differences can cost you health and/or money.

Enjoy your ride
Enjoy your life
Reply With Quote
Old 16 Nov 2010
beddhist's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Whangarei, NZ
Posts: 2,225
Kia Ora,

In a "Western" country you could go the nearest Automobile Club and ask there. In some countries (like NZ) they have a brochure detailing the most important rules. In most other places you learn by observing.

Yes, changing to the other side can be lethal. I found that it is the most dangerous after some time riding on the other side. Then you pull out of a car park or service station, etc. onto a quiet road. Automatically you want to ride/drive on the wrong side. Happened to me several times.

Europe to NZ 2006-10
Reply With Quote
Old 16 Nov 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2007
Location: London
Posts: 547
I agree re the changing sides thing and thank god I never forgot on my trip. It's a very easy mistake to make!

Have a look at the Overland Travel Tips section of my site - overlandcruiser.net for some info on this - dunno where you are planning on going, but some of it might be useful.
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Feb 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Riding the world on Multiple bikes
Posts: 37
I've had no trouble in Vietnam and Cambodia driving on the right but when i go to Thailand and Malaysia they are left and i'm worried about it a bit i'm use to the right now. Then i have to go back to the right for Loas and Vietnam top end.
Enjoy your life. I am
Enjoy your life
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rules... marker South America 14 29 Aug 2009 21:09
Rules of War xfiltrate The HUBB PUB 4 4 Jan 2009 00:27
rules of taiwan codyblake Southern Asia 1 17 Feb 2006 05:23
New GPS rules Morocco pbekkerh Sahara Travel Forum 7 17 Apr 2005 23:17
Rules of the road abroad John Roberts Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else 0 18 Feb 2005 00:36


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 15:39.