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10 Most Unusual Australian Road Rules You May Not Know About

Every country and city has its own traffic rules. That said, Australia is one of the countries that has a specific set of road rules. Your car is meant to make your life easier by making transportation more accessible to you. However, owning a vehicle comes with a lot of responsibilities. You need to think about more than just getting from point A to point B. If you are not careful enough, you will end up breaking some laws and learning about them the hard way.

Honking your horn.

Did you know that you are breaking the law if you honk your horn unnecessarily? Sounding your horn to say hello or goodbye is not an exemption to this rule.

According to Regulation 224 of the Australian Road Rules (ARR), "A driver must not use or allow to be used, a horn, or similar warning device, fitted to or in the vehicle unless it is necessary to warn other road users or animals of the approach or position of the vehicle; or it is being used as part of an anti-theft device, or an alcohol interlock device, fitted to the vehicle".

Driving too slow.

Slow drivers can frustrate people on the road. Sometimes all you can do is to be patient with them, but in some cases, they are breaking the law.

For instance, if you are travelling between 20km/h and 80km/h along a road, you may be fined for unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians.

Speeding up while being overtaken.

You may not like the idea of someone overtaking you on the road. However, if you speed up while another vehicle is about to pass you, you are breaking the law.

Not leaving your handbrake on.

Under Regulation 213 of the Act under the subheading of Making a motor vehicle secure, "before leaving the vehicle, the driver must apply the parking brake effectively or, if weather conditions (for example, snow) would prevent the effective operation of the parking brake, restrain the vehicle's movement in another way."

Forgetting your keys in the ignition while the car is unlocked.

The Australian Road Rules enforces you to secure your car when away from the driver's seat. You are not supposed to leave your vehicle with your keys still in it. This is basic knowledge. Leaving your car keys inside your car makes it an easy target for carnapping.

Using your fog lights when there is no fog.

If you use your fog lights when the road is clear as day is against Regulation 217. You are only supposed to use your fog lights when driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions, causing reduced visibility.

Driving with any part of your body outside of the car.

You've seen some cool guy in the movie put out his arm while driving. This is actually against the law. You are risking to get a red-burned arm on top of violating Regulation 268. This regulation states that "A person must not travel in or on a motor vehicle with any part of the person's body outside a window or door of the vehicle."

Parking or stopping near a postbox.

You should not park near a postbox as it may impede the delivery of mail. Specifically, Road Rule 199 states "A driver must not stop on a road within 3 metres of a public postbox."

In NSW, a vehicle must not splash mud on someone who is waiting for a bus.

This NSW road rule states that "a driver must take due care, by slowing down or stopping the vehicle if necessary, not to splash mud on any person in or on a bus, or any person entering or leaving any stationary bus, or any person waiting at any bus stop."

This rule may be oddly specific, but if you are ever driving in NSW, be a decent human being and do not splash mud on anyone.

Reversing driving for too long.

According to Regulation 296 of the Australian Road Rules, it is against the law to reverse a vehicle "further than is reasonable in the circumstances."