Guide to 10 most misunderstood road rules

5 February 2013

Refresh your knowledge and stay safe with guide to 10 most misunderstood road rules

How should you indicate at a roundabout? When can you use your high beam and fog lights? Can you do a U-turn at traffic lights? Those questions and more are answered in a new guide to the most misunderstood road rules in NSW.

The Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules in NSW, launched today by Roads Minister Duncan Gay, is a valuable rules refresher for drivers who have not stayed up to date with changes through the years or have forgotten the details of some rules.

Mr Gay said its release comes as the inaugural Road Rules Awareness Week begins and is a great way to start a conversation about the rules road users need to brush up on.

“All drivers’ study the rules in preparation for getting their licence, but too many then continue driving without referring back to changes and finding out about new laws,” he said.

“Mobile phones were unheard of when many motorists got their driver’s licence, but they all need to know how to use a phone legally while behind the wheel.”

The guide was developed by the Centre for Road Safety from significant community feedback, including that received after changes were made to NSW Road Rules in

November last year, which brought the state in line with the Australian Road Rules.
It covers rules governing roundabouts, mobile phones, keeping left, headlights, U-turns, safe following distances, school zones, merging, orange traffic lights and giving way to pedestrians when turning.

“The community told us they didn’t understand some of the changes we made last year and they also told us they were not sure about many other existing rules,” Mr Gay said.

“To address this issue we have developed a guide answering many of the unknowns about road rules in a simple way.

“We are also asking people to take advantage of our call centre and get some clarity on the rules they might not be sure about.

“During Road Rules Awareness Week, all road users are encouraged to phone 132 213 during business hours and ask about any road rule they want information on, or visit to view the NSW Road Users Handbook.

“It’s not just important to know the rules, we actually need to follow them to keep us all moving more smoothly on the road and significantly improve road safety,” the Minister said.

The Top 10 guide will be available in every RMS Registry in NSW, as well as online from

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Guide to 10 most misunderstood road rules

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