Road rules you might not know about…
Most of us drive on the road every day, but there are some road rules you just never really come across.
According to a recent article, 30,000 fines have been issued since 2013 for lesser known rules, including people who thought walking their pet from behind the wheel of a moving car was ok!
Were you aware of these obscure Queensland road rules?
You are required by law to lock your vehicle.
If you are more than three metres away from your car it is considered unattended. You are required to switch off the engine, apply the park break and remove the ignition key. You must then wind up the windows so a gap of no more than 5cm and lock the car. This rule applies in all road-related areas, including car parks.
You must give way to horses.
When a horse and rider are on the road, you must give way to them if the rider gives a special signal; raising their hand and pointing at the horse. You are required to pull over, stop your car and turn off the engine so as not to spook the horse. You may start driving again once the horse and rider have safely crossed.
…..and to buses.
It is spelt out on most buses, however, many people are still unaware of this rule. If you are driving in a built-up area with a speed limit of 70km per hour or less, you must give way to a bus displaying a “give way to buses” sign and indicating to enter traffic from a bus zone, bus stop, bus stop bay, road shoulder or left side of the road.
You can’t park bumper-to-bumper.
Drivers must leave at least one metre between their car and the next car when parking. This distance also applies when parking your car near fire hydrants.
When parking near intersections, you must be 20 metres away from an intersection with traffic lights or 10 metres from one without lights.
You can’t interrupt a funeral procession.
If there is a funeral procession on the road, it is not only respectful to wait until the procession has passed, it is also the law. You can’t interrupt or drive through the procession or you may get slapped with a fine.
It is an offence to drive with an animal on your lap.
Doggy drivers, beware! You cannot drive with a dog, cat or any other animal on your lap. The department of transport actually recommends that animals are restrained while in the car, but you aren’t required by law to do so.
You cannot ride a bike and lead an animal at the same time.
You may think riding your bike while walking your dog just lets you keep up with your dog! However, Queensland road rules stipulate you must not lead an animal while riding a bike, including having the lead tethered to the bike.
You can drive through a red light to give way to an emergency vehicle – but only if there’s no other option.
While the law allows you to drive onto the wrong side of the road or drive through a red traffic light to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle, you should only take this action if there is no other safe option.
You can be fined for indicating too long.
Drivers can be fined for failing to turn off their indicators after they have made a turn.
But don’t indicate too little, either.
If you are parallel parked, you must indicate for five seconds before joining the road, not just for a few seconds when you are about to enter a gap!
As with all law, ignorance of the law is not an excuse – you can still be fined (however unlikely it may be) even if you have never heard of the road rule!
The road rules can be confusing and sometimes accidents happen! If you get into a prang on the road and need help with finding out your options, contact us.
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