The road rules are a framework for safe and efficient movement of traffic on NSW roads.
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The laws in NSW limit the amount of alcohol you can consume if you are driving a vehicle. It is illegal to drive, attempt to drive or instruct a learner while affected by drugs.
There are things you should know about travelling with animals in vehicles and what to do following an incident with an animal.
Approach bridges with care as they are often narrow. If you think two vehicles cannot fit on a narrow bridge, give way to the other driver.
As a professional driver, it’s your responsibility to know the roads rules that apply to all vehicle, especially heavy vehicles.
Approximately half the road crashes in NSW happen at intersections. It is very important that you approach an intersection at a speed that lets you give way to any vehicles in or approaching the intersection.
You should keep in the middle of the lane in which you are driving. If there are no lanes marked on the road, drive near the left side of the road.
Be careful of large, heavy vehicles displaying a DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE sign as they may use more than one lane when turning left or right.
About a third of car crashes occur at night. Pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists are harder to see than during the day.
You should be especially alert when driving on a motorway because traffic travels at high speed.
Overtaking other vehicles can be dangerous. The difficulty with overtaking is judging the space required to complete the manoeuvre safely.
Parking rules are designed to stop vehicles from parking where it would be dangerous or inconvenient for others.
You must share the road with pedestrians. Special markings on the road show where pedestrians have special rights.
When you hear a siren or see the flashing blue or red lights of an emergency vehicle (eg Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance vehicle) you must give way.
Signals at railway crossings should be obeyed because trains are fast and heavy and cannot stop quickly. Check for trains even if the lights are not flashing.
Roundabouts manage the traffic flow in roads with either a single lane or multiple lanes.
Everyone in a vehicle, the driver and all passengers, must wear a correctly fitted and adjusted seatbelt when they are available.
Information on vehicle speed limits and enforcement
Towing a trailer requires additional knowledge and skill. All trailers, including caravans, affect the performance of the towing vehicle.