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.
Penalty:
$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.
Penalty:
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.
Penalties:
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.
Penalties:
Up to $439 fine and 3 demerit points in NSW
Up to $396 fine and 3 demerit points in VIC
 
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