You may not always think about what your position on the roads tells other drivers about your intentions, particularly when you are on holiday. However, this is something to be aware of if you are driving a car hire in Melbourne.

Most of the time you will drive in the middle of your lane and at a consistent speed. However, there are a variety of reasons why you might veer over to the left side of the road, or to the right.

It is important to be aware of what message you are sending to other drivers on the road when you do this.

You may not realise it consciously, but people treat drivers who drive aggressively with caution, particularly if they weave in and out of traffic, or drive at high speeds relative to the traffic flow.

Tailgating is another sign of aggression and you may be tempted to let them pass you. If you exhibit this behaviour, chances are other drivers will not trust you.

If you see someone from your car rental in Melbourne looking down at something on their lap, they could be looking at a screen or a map, so it will pay to be careful around them and give them plenty of space.

Similarly, drivers who veer left and slow down might be lost or looking for a particular house number or street sign. It is important to be aware of what this driving behaviour could signal and be prepared for them to do something unexpected.

It is a good idea to be aware of what your behaviour is telling other drivers on the road about your intentions. If you are planning to turn left, you will want to indicate but it is equally important to make it look like you're turning by pointing your tyres in the direction you want to go.

So, make sure you've read the map before you set off so you know where you're going.