May 19 2015
How well do you know the laws around road rules and driving your novated lease?
Many experienced novated lease drivers easily forget the road rules and misinterpret ones they do remember. Compiled below are a few of the most commonly misunderstood road rules.
Mobile Phone Use
Mobile phones can be very distracting while driving, and could greatly increase a risk of a car crash. While it is always best to carry a mobile in case of emergency, and practically impossible these days to not have a mobile phone for every day use, here are some strict guidelines for mobile phone usage in your car guidelines to ensure the safety of not just yourself, but all users of the road.
As per NSW regulation a mobile must only be used in the case it is secured in a commercially manufactured and designed mounting which is fixed to the vehicle and does not obscure the driver’s view of the road, alternatively if it can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, for example through the use of Bluetooth technology or voice activation.
Drivers cannot use mobiles for any form of texting, emailing, or functions alike. While Learner and Provisional drivers are prohibited from using mobile phones at all while driving.
It’s very easy to forget school zone times if you don’t have school age children, and you’re not alone. Alarmingly, an AAMI study in 2013 found that roughly one in ten drivers of a particular city admit to ignoring the restricted speed limits in place outside school.
There will be signs before entering and exiting school zones indicating the speed limit and times during which this limit applies. Normally speed limit is 40kms per hour, with the times being 8:00am to 9:30am and 2:30pm to 4:00pm, unless signed otherwise. These apply to all school days withstanding school and public holidays. Remember: Children have limited road-safety awareness and experience, so expect the unexpected.
When a driver is turning in any direction you must give way to pedestrians already on the road, and when a driver is turning left or right at an intersection regardless whether there is a set of lights the driver must give way to the pedestrian.
Roundabouts could be one of the trickiest parts of a road a driver would have to navigate, especially if there were multiple exits. With clear indication and careful driving, accidents can be avoided and roundabouts won’t be a round of stress.
Entering a roundabout
Drivers must slow or stop to give way to any vehicle already in the roundabout. Drivers must also continue to use their indicator if they intend to turn left, right or make a U-turn.
Drivers must indicate left on approach and be travelling in the left-hand lane (unless there are road markings with other instructions), stay in the left lane and exit in the left lane.
Going straight ahead
There is no requirement for drivers to signal when approaching the roundabout, if they are going straight ahead. Drivers may approach the roundabout from either the left or right lane (unless there are road markings with other instructions).
Drivers must indicate right on approach and be travelling in the righthand lane (unless there are road markings with other instructions).
Making a U-turn
When using a roundabout to make a U-turn, drivers must approach in the right lane and signal right.
Changing lanes in a roundabout
Drivers may change lanes in a roundabout if they wish. The usual road rules for changing lanes apply. Drivers must use their indicator and give way to any vehicle in the lane they are entering.
Exiting a roundabout
Just like exiting any road, drivers must signal left when leaving a roundabout, if it is practical to do so, and stop indicating as soon as they have exited the roundabout. When travelling straight ahead on a small single lane roundabout, it may be impractical to indicate left when exiting.
Have you ever driven down the right lane on a freeway at the correct speed, not doing anything wrong, but one look in the rear view mirror reveals a long line of angry drivers urging you to either speed up or change lanes?
On multi-lane roads with a speed limit of more than 80km/h, drivers must not drive in the right-hand lane unless they are:
• turning right or making a U-turn
• avoiding an obstacle
• driving in congested traffic
• driving in a special purpose lane or if there is a Left Lane Must Turn Left sign or a left traffic arrow and the driver is not turning left.