So many of us rely on driving to get from point A to point B on a daily basis, so if we were to lose our licence, it would be a huge inconvenience. As much as you might think you know the road rules, there may be some that come as a surprise to you. Here’s a quick list of five road rules you really should know!
Sometimes there’s no choice but to take our pet in the car with us. But there are specific rules in place dictating what you can and can’t do with an animal in the car. Drivers and passengers are not allowed to lead an animal whilst the car is moving, this includes tethering! The animal must be seated (or put in a cage). However, as cute as it is to have your pet on your lap, this is also not allowed when driving. Just remember, these laws are put in place to keep both you, and your pet safe!
- Interrupting a Funeral Procession
It’s not uncommon to see a funeral procession when on the road, but did you know that there are laws about interrupting these? You must not interfere with or interrupt any vehicle or person forming a funeral procession. Yes, its tempting, as they do move slowly. However, it’s not only rude, but it’s also an offence, and you will be fined for it.
- Parallel Parking
Everyone knows general parking rules, and we are all careful to avoid parking in ‘non stopping’ areas. But, there are a few parking laws that you may not be aware of. For example, when parallel parking, you are not allowed to park within one metre of another vehicle parked in front or behind… I think we are all guilty of breaking this one! But, you also need to avoid being within one metre of a fire hydrant and within three metres of an Australia Post letterbox (unless dropping off passengers or mail).
- Fog Lights
Bad weather conditions can make driving riskier, especially heavy rain or thick fog. Most cars are equipped with front and rear fog lights to help with this. However, fog lights are only allowed to be used when there is fog, rain or smoke and dust limiting your vision. It’s actually a legal requirement to switch off your fog lights as soon as conditions improve.
It may sound like common sense, but towing more than one trailer is prohibited. When towing anything (caravans included) no one is allowed to ride inside them whilst they are moving. It is also important to remember that learner drivers are not allowed to tow, but P1 license holders can tow small trailers with up to 250kg of unloaded weight.
Did any of these surprise you? While they may not always seem practical, the road rules are there to protect all of us, so keep these rules in mind during your daily commute and you’ll be sure to avoid a ticket.