February 2018 | LTrent

7 Most Misunderstood Road Rules

You could be breaking the road rules without knowing it!

We’ve got a list of the most misunderstood road rules to help you avoid unexpected fines and demerit points.
1. Giving Way In Roundabouts
There is a common misconception that when you’re about to enter a roundabout, you must give way to vehicles on your right. However, the road rules state that you only need to give way to vehicles already in the roundabout. Some cars may not slow down when approaching a roundabout so you should enter a roundabout with caution to avoid any crashes.

For more info about approaching roundabouts, click here.
2. High Beam
200m high beam
You must turn off your high beams when you’re driving within 200 metres of the car in front of you or an oncoming vehicle. High beams can make it hard for other vehicles to see the road and any potential hazards.
$110 fine and 1 demerit point in NSW
$238 fine and 1 demerit point in VIC
3. U-Turns
You can’t make a U-Turn at a traffic light unless there’s a “U-Turn Permitted” sign displayed. You must have a clear view of oncoming traffic and give way to all vehicles and pedestrians.
Up to $330 fine and 2 demerit points in NSW
Up to $317 fine in VIC
Find out more about U-Turns.
4. Mobile Phones
The use of all hand held mobile phones are prohibited while driving for all licence holders. Full licence holders can only use a phone while it’s fixed to the car, using Bluetooth or voice activation.
You can’t have your phone on your lap or use it while sitting at a drive-through as this is classified as a road.
Up to $330 fine and 4 demerit points in NSW
Up to $476 fine and 4 demerit points in VIC
5. School Zones
School zone rules still apply

  • around non-government schools that don’t operate on certain school days.
  • on pupil free days in public schools

Check out the list of School Zone Offences.
6. Merging Lanes
Merging when the number of lanes is reduced (Zipper merge)
FB quiz 6 - B give way
You must give way to any vehicle ahead of you when merging into reduced lanes. So Car B must give way to Car A.
Merging when a marked lane ends
FB quiz 7 - A give way
You must give way to the lane you are about to enter when you’re crossing broken lines. So Car A must give way to Car B.

7. Yellow Traffic Lights
When approaching a yellow traffic light, you should be attempting to stop. The only exception is if it’s unsafe for you to stop.
Up to $439 fine and 3 demerit points in NSW
Up to $396 fine and 3 demerit points in VIC
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5 Tips For New P Platers

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Did you just get your P’s? Are you loving the freedom to drive anywhere at anytime?

Although it can be exciting, it can also be dangerous. P1 licence holders are the most at risk of being involved in a car crash compared to Learners. We’ve got some tips to help you reduce your risk of being in an accident.
1. Night Driving
Provisional drivers have an increased risk of crashing especially on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It’d be best to avoid these times as other drivers can be a hazard on the road.
2. Don’t Drive In The Right Lane
The right lane has the highest risk of head-on crashes. Only use the right lane if you’re overtaking another vehicle.
3. Ask For Help
When you’re driving with your friends, ask them to change the music or aircon for you so your attention is solely focused on the road. There’s no need to juggle everything at once!
4. Don’t Use Your Mobile
Mobile phones can’t be used at all while driving, including hands-free sets or loudspeaker. This applies to all Learners, P1, and P2 drivers. If you get caught, you’ll get 4 demerit points and a fine.
5. Stay Calm
Even if there are bad drivers around you, don’t let them get to you! Stay patient and keep your distance from them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Check out our other tips
10 Tips For Driving In The Rain
5 Tips For Learner Drivers Video 

10 Tips For Driving In The Rain

Don’t you hate it when you’re about to drive outside and it starts pouring?

Driving in the rain can be quite dangerous, so follow these tips the next time you’re caught in the rain.

1. Be Alert!
Keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to the cars around you. Be on the lookout for pedestrians or motorcyclists that may be hard to see in the rain.

2. Turn Your Lights On
Keep your headlights on so that vehicles can see you and you can see them! It’ll be darker while it’s raining so make sure that you’re visible and alert to what’s happening around you.

3. Avoid Large Puddles
Try to keep your car away from large puddles of water as this can damage your car’s electrical systems. The last thing you want is to be stranded outside in the rain with a damaged car!

4. Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning (skidding) is where the tyres lose their grip on a wet surface and slides. The most dangerous time is within the first 10 minutes of light rain. Try to drive in the tracks of the cars in front of you to increase your tyre grip on the road.

5. Keep Your Distance!
Allow a 5 second gap between you and the car in front. This will give you more time to react to unexpected traffic conditions such as cars hydroplaning or merging traffic. By doing this, you can avoid any nasty crashes.

6. Don’t Brake Suddenly
This can lead to a loss of control and hydroplaning. Remember to slowly apply pressure to the brakes to give you a better handle on the vehicle.

7. Watch Out
Keep an eye out for tree branches or anything that can cause damage to your car. You may see a potentially damaging object so try to avoid sharp turns as oversteering can cause you to lose control of your car.

8. Clear Your Windscreen
The rain can cause your windscreen to fog up, blocking your vision. Turn on the defogger and aircon in the front and back of your car.  You’ll get the best results running the aircon on cold!

9. Stay Updated
Check live traffic updates online or on the radio to see if there are any road closures or accidents. Plan your trip to avoid heavy traffic and be aware of current weather conditions.
NSW Traffic Updates
VIC Traffic Updates

10. Allow Extra Travel Time
There may be slow-moving traffic or car accidents along the way, so be prepared to spend a little more time out on the rainy road.

Main Point: Remember to adjust your driving based on the conditions you’re in.

Share these tips with your friends to help us all drive safer in the rain!