Top 10 most misunderstood road rules in NSW

HOW should you indicate at a roundabout? When can you use your high beam and fog lights? Can you do a U-turn at traffic lights?

According to Transport for NSW, it is these types questions that stump most drivers across the state.

Having released the list of the Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules in NSW, the department believes it's valuable rules refresher for drivers who have not stayed up to date with changes through the years or have forgotten the details of some rules.

Do many NSW drivers misunderstand the road rules?

This poll ended on 16 August 2013.

Current Results

Yes

93%

No

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

These are the 10 most misunderstood road rules in the state, according to Transport for NSW.

1. ROUNDABOUTS:
Drivers approaching a roundabout must use their indicators when turning or making a U-turn. There is no requirement for drivers to signal when approaching the roundabout, if they are going straight ahead. When exiting a roundabout, whether you are turning left, right or even going straight ahead, you must always indicate a left turn just before you exit, unless it is not practical to do so.

2. GIVING WAY TO PEDESTRIANS:
If a driver is turning left or right at an intersection, the driver must give way to any pedestrian crossing the road the driver is entering. This applies to intersections with and without traffic lights.

3. MOBILE PHONES:
A mobile phone can only be used while driving if it's secured in a commercially designed and manufactured mounting fixed to the vehicle or operated by Bluetooth technology or voice activation. This includes the navigational or GPS function and audio functions of the device.

4. MERGING:
When a driver is travelling on a road without lane markings and the number of lanes is reduced, they must merge by giving way to any vehicle that is ahead of them. However a driver who is moving from one lane, marked by broken lines (whether or not the lane is ending) to another must give way to any vehicle already travelling in the same direction.

5. KEEPING LEFT:
On roads with a speed limit of more than 80kmh, motorists must not drive in the right-hand lane unless overtaking, turning right or making a U-turn, avoiding an obstacle or driving in congested traffic. If a 'Keep Left Unless Overtaking' sign is displayed, then you must keep left regardless of the speed limit.

6. HEADLIGHT AND FOG LIGHT USE:
High beam is not permitted if travelling less than 200 metres behind a car going in the same direction or less than 200 metres from an oncoming vehicle. It is an offence to flash the vehicle's headlights unless the vehicle is being used to respond to an emergency. A driver is only permitted to use fog lights if driving in fog, mist or other atmospheric condition that restricts visibility.

7. U-TURNS:
When making a U-turn a driver must have a clear view of any approaching traffic and give way to all vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers are not allowed to make a U-turn across: a) a single continuous dividing line; b) a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken line; c) two parallel continuous dividing lines.

Drivers are not permitted to make a U-turn at traffic lights unless there is a U-Turn Permitted sign displayed or a green U-turn traffic light is displayed.

8. SAFE FOLLOWING DISTANCE:
Drivers should stay three seconds behind vehicles in front of them. In poor conditions such as rain, gravel roads or dim light, it may be necessary to increase the travelling distance to four seconds to increase the crash avoidance space.

9. SCHOOL ZONES:
A school zone is the area around a school with a speed limit of 40kmh normally from 8am to 9.30am and between 2.30pm and 4pm on school days. Details on NSW gazetted school days can be located here. There are a small number of non-standard school zone times in NSW. These zones are identified by red/orange school zone signs which indicate non-standard times. Signs at these schools display the times which apply.

10. YELLOW TRAFFIC LIGHTS:
A driver approaching traffic lights showing a yellow traffic light must stop if they can do so safely. Penalties apply for drivers who fail to stop at a yellow light, unless it is unsafe to do so.

How did you go?

Please vote in the online polls or leave a comment about what annoys you the most when driving on the roads.

Which road rule topic do you think is the most misunderstood by drivers in NSW?

This poll ended on 16 August 2013.

Current Results

Roundabouts

54%

Giving way to pedestrians

4%

Mobile phones

4%

Merging

11%

Keeping left (80kmh or more)

4%

Headlight and fog light use

4%

U-Turns

1%

Safe following distance

7%

School zones

0%

Yellow traffic lights

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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