As part of Road Rules Awareness Week 2015, Transport for NSW asked Road Safety Officers working in local government to highlight the issues they have found most misunderstood in their local area. These were the results for officers working in country areas.
1. Stopping at children’s crossing
These part-time crossings operate when the orange children’s crossing flags are present. This could be just before and after school hours, during school excursions and at lunch time. When approaching a children’s crossing you must stop at the stop line if a pedestrian is on or entering the crossing. Some of these crossings also have school crossing supervisors, and you must stop when they display a hand held ‘stop’ sign.
2. Giving way at T-intersections
If you are travelling on a road that ends with a T-intersection, give way to pedestrians or vehicles travelling on the road that you are approaching, unless otherwise signposted.
3. Stop signs and stop lines
You must stop completely at a stop sign, before reaching the stop line.
Overtaking is one of the riskiest manoeuvres on the road. There are a number of rules about overtaking to make it safer, including not overtaking across a continuous line and not overtaking a turning vehicle. It’s important that you have a clear view of any approaching traffic and that you can safely overtake the vehicle ahead. All other road rules apply, including the speed limit, when overtaking. If someone overtakes you, don’t increase your speed, keep left and give them reasonable space to pass and then move back into the lane.
5. Default speed limits
The default rural speed limit, which applies in non-built-up areas without signposted speed limits, is 100km/h.
“Learning to be a good driver doesn’t end with getting your driver’s licence – it requires practice and staying up to date with the road rules. Driving is all about risk management and we need our drivers to not only develop the knowledge and experience but also the attitude to become safer and smarter drivers,” says Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast.
“Whether you’re a driver, rider, pedestrian, cyclist or passenger – we all have a role to play in keeping our roads and each other safe so make sure you know what the road rules are and stick to them.”
Do you agree that these road rules are often not followed in the country?
To learn more, call 13 22 13 or find the NSW Road Users’ Handbook.