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Written by Peter Carter

March 29, 2016

With road rules being constantly amended and the more underused ones being mistaken or forgotten, it can be hard to keep up with all the rules in the sunshine state. Refresh your knowledge with our list of the most misunderstood road rules:

  1. Amber lights

The amber lights mean to slow down and stop if it is safe to do so. Many drivers tend to speed up at yellow traffic lights.

  1. Distance

Drivers must leave a 3-second gap between vehicles in front of them. When pulling up to stop behind another vehicle, a good rule of thumb is to always leave enough of a gap that you can see the bottom of the car in front’s back tyres.

  1. Indicating in a roundabout

It seems that many are unaware (or can’t be bothered) to indicate left every time you exit a roundabout. When entering a roundabout you should indicate right if turning right and left if turning left. If you’re going straight, you don’t need to indicate when entering a roundabout.

  1. School Zones

School zone speeds, 40km/h and under, apply even on pupil free days.

  1. Postboxes

Drivers must not stop within three metres of a public post box otherwise they will be fined, unless briefly dropping mail or dropping/picking up passengers.

  1. Animals

When driving with pets they must not sit on your lap and must be restrained. Also drivers must give way to horses if the person handling the horse raises their hand, signalling that the horse is difficult to control. In this scenario the driver must pull over to the far left hand side of the road, turn off the engine, and keep the car off until the horse is a good distance away so as to not startle it.

  1. Horns

Using horns in frustration during traffic, or even to say goodbye to friends is not allowed. Horns are only meant warn others on the road.

For more information, go to: Car & Vehicle Accidents 

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