By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Every state has their own driving habits and roads that spark fond memories – but they’ve got nothing on us South Australians. As there are too many funny quirks to name, here are just 15 that made our list. How many do you relate to?
1. You think every car should come standard with a square cup holder to rest Farmers Union Iced Coffees.
2. No matter how many times you tackle Britannia Roundabout, your knuckles turn a little whiter each time as you grip onto the steering wheel for dear life.
3. You think being able to legally do a U-turn at the North Tce traffic lights still feels unnatural. How do those Victorians do it?!
4. A burst water main or roadworks feel like part of your daily commute.
5. Nothing drains your fuel tank more than all the detours you’re forced to take just to be able to turn right in the city.
6. You point out cars with interstate number plates and say, “look, they’re not from here”.
7. You play roulette with fuel prices by trying to time the near-empty tank with the cheapest price.
8. You’re interstate and subconsciously find yourself slowing to 25km/h when you hear sirens or see flashing blue and red lights. Why? SA’s the only state where the 25km/h limit applies. Victoria (and soon New South Wales) has introduced a 40km/h limit, while other states like Queensland are only just considering a limit now. Just like plastic bags, SA’s leading the way.
9. Having to pay to drive on a road? No thank you! SA’s one of the few states without road tolls.
10. If you haven’t heard of Bay to Birdwood, are you even South Australian?
11. It’s a bird, it’s… yep – it’s just a plane. Forget family trips abroad: how many of you remember climbing onto the bonnet of your parents’ car parked just off Tapleys Hill Rd to see the planes take off and land?
12. You’re confused if it takes more than 25 minutes to get to your destination – the city, work, the shops… you name it.
13. You’re proud driving around with ‘The Festival State’ on your number plate, especially when you take to the city streets during Mad March.
14. You can easily spot which drivers are Port or Crows supporters – just look for a We Fly As One or Never Tear Us Apart bumper sticker.
15. When you’re in Melbourne, you think to yourself, ‘a hook-what-now?’ We like to keep things simple here in SA – it’s either a left or right turn.