Shining a light on the most misunderstood road rules

Check your road rule knowledge - in which order is each person permitted to go? The answer is at the bottom of the story.

Check your road rule knowledge - in which order is each person permitted to go? The answer is at the bottom of the story.

The true meaning of the yellow traffic light is one of the most misunderstood road rules, according to the Centre for Road Safety.

Some think it means "slow down" or "get ready to stop" - while a few seem to think it means "speed up and blow through the intersection".

But the reality is that it means "stop" - just the same as the red light.

If you approach a set of lights and they turn yellow, then you have to stop - the only exception is if you are unable to brake safely.

This is one of the misunderstood rules the government is focusing on during Road Rules Awareness Week.

"People may consider themselves good drivers but knowing the road rules such as who has right of way at an intersection, and what different signs and traffic signals mean is an important part of road safety," Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance said.

Another rule is tailgating - the road rules stipulate drivers must keep sufficient distance behind a car travelling in front of them.

While road conditions and speed can affect this a three-second gap is the general rule.

Mobile phone use is always one that catches people out - they can only be used if they're in a commercially-manufactured mounting and do not require the driver touching any part of the phone.

That means putting it in your lap or on the dashboard is out - as is texting.

The rules around merging may surprise you.

When travelling in a marked lane that is ending, then that driver must give away to traffic in the lane being entered.

However, if the driver is in a lane where the markings end, then it's any cars behind them in the merging lane that need to give way.

  • ANSWER: The order is B, D,C and then A. The cyclist has right of way, so the pedestrian has to wait. Car C then has to give way to the pedestrian crossing the road before turning. Car A is turning right and has to give way to everyone.