Driving rules are baffling even qualified motorists in Queensland.
Driving rules are baffling even qualified motorists in Queensland. David Nielsen

Rules of the road a mystery

CAN you remember all of those road rules you studied hard for before taking your learner's test?

Before you reply, the chances are some of the many rules may have slipped your mind or have changed since you first got behind the wheel.

Over 43,000 have taken the Be Smart Road Rules Refresher online test, provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads since its introduction two years ago.

Only 22% of those who took the test can say they know the road rules as well as the back streets of their neighbourhood.

The online test covers the top 10 misunderstood road rules, including merging, roundabouts, when to keep left and giving way.

More than 70% of respondents answered more than half of the questions correctly.

The stumbling blocks proved to be when to keep to the left, can cyclists travel side-by-side on the road and it's legal to cross a painted island to leave a road.

Motorists are aware of when they are tailgating, to slow down at yellow traffic lights and when to perform a u-turn at traffic lights.

Australian Driver Training Association state president and TK Driving School instructor Paul Kennedy said all motorists should test their road rule knowledge.

"It is very important that people have a look at the test from time to time.

"A lot of rules have changed, we are now part of the national road rules and there have been some major changes since 1999 and again in 2009," he said.

"Anyone who has had their licence for 10 years or more, there's a lot of things that have changed."

Mr Kennedy said learner drivers tend to adapt well to keeping left, but find it harder to come to terms with the giving way, merging and roundabouts.

The test is an essential tool for parents guiding their children towards a driving licence, Mr Kennedy said.

To test yourself on the road rules go to http://www.hereforlife.qld.gov.au/roadrules.



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