Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules

There are 2 different types of merges. The First one is when you cross over a merging line. In this situation you must give way to all cars on the road. The second situation is when there is no line and the centre line just disappears. In this situation, it is the car that's nose is in front gets right of way and everyone needs to file into one line.

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Keeping left unless overtaking.  When the road speed is 90 km/h or more on a multi laned road, you must not drive in the  right hand lane unless overtaking

Roundabouts. On multi laned roundabouts it is important to be in the correct lane for the direction you are going. Unless marked otherwise, the general rule is, be in the left lane to turn left, be in the right lane to turn right and be in either lane to go straight. Always left indicate when about to exit the roundabout. Always give way to the right. 

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Changing lanes. When changing lanes, always plan ahead so it not a last minute decision. Give way to cars in the lane you about to go into and make sure you indicate for 3-5 seconds before moving on the road. Choose a safe gap and maintain a safe speed.

Yellow traffic lights do not mean speed up. Always stop at a yellow light unless it is unsafe to do so.

Safe Following distance. Always keep 2 seconds safety marging between you and the car in front. Double this distance in bad weather.

Crossing Continuous centre lines and islands. You can't cross a continuous centre line if doing a u-turn or overtaking, but, you can cross it to go into a property or another road.  If it is a double line then you are not permitted to cross it at all.

Giving way. Always give way to the right if there are no signs or road marking. In all Pictures bellow, Car A gives way to car B

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U-turns at traffic lights. You are only permitted to do a U-turn at a traffic light if the is a sign that says it is permitted.

Overtaking to the left is ok on a multi laned road, if the vehicle in front signals to make a right turn or a U-turn, and if the traffic on your right is stationary.