6 road rules that are commonly confused
There are so many road rules that drivers have to abide by in NSW that people are simply not aware of or don’t know the proper rule. If you have any further questions about road rules, call 13 22 13 or visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au.
- Exiting a roundabout
It is the same as exiting a normal road, drivers need to signal left when leaving a roundabout, ‘if it is practical to do so’, and once they have exited the roundabout that is when motorists need to stop indicating. If you do this incorrectly you can receive $180 fine and the loss of 2 demerit points.
- Mobile phones
The only way drivers are able to use mobile phones whilst driving is if it is in a cradle fixed to the vehicle that does not obscure the driver’s view of the road or if it is able to be operated without touching any part of the phone, such as via Bluetooth or voice activation like Siri. Motorists are not permitted to have their mobile’s resting on their lap whilst driving and are also unable to hold it in their hand other than when passing it to another passenger or to use it for social media. Learner, P1 and P2 drivers aren’t able to use any of function of a phone while operating a vehicle. You can now lose up to 5 demerit points for incorrect mobile phone usage.
- Beeping your horn
You might want to be careful next time you are saying goodbye to a friend and tooting your vehicle’s horn as this is an inappropriate use of your car’s warning device. This can cause drivers to receive a $325 fine.
- Keeping left
On roads with multiple lanes that have a speed limit of more than 80km/h, drivers must not drive in the right-hand lane unless they are overtaking, turning right or making a U-turn, avoiding an obstacle or driving in congested traffic. If a motorist is found driving in the right lane they could receive a $325 fine and 2 demerit points unless it is for one of the above reasons.
- Safe following distances
It is known to most motorists that they are required to have adequate distance behind a vehicle travelling in front of them to safely avoid the risk of an accident. Distances may vary depending on conditions but the general rule is that your car should be 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front.
- Yellow traffic lights
Most drivers think that a yellow traffic light means hurry up…but it actually means slow down to a stop. A motorist approaching a set of traffic lights that signal a yellow light must stop if they are able stop safely before reaching the lights. Drivers may receive a fine and loss of demerit points for failing to stop if they were able to do so and didn’t.