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RAA urges motorists to brush up on the road rules

Friday, 24th Jul 2020

A majority of participants are failing road rule quiz questions involving traffic lights, give way signs, school crossing and alcohol, RAA has revealed.

RAA is urging drivers to brush up on road rules to help reduce road trauma as a result.

More than 14,000 people have taken RAA’s on-line Road Rules multiple-choice quiz this year with some concerning mistake rates.

For example, 47 per cent of people said you must always stop at a Give Way sign while another 5 per cent said you must slow down – only 48 per cent answered correctly that drivers must slow down or stop only when necessary to give way to other vehicles.

Confusion also reigned regarding U-turns, as 49 per cent wrongly said they were permitted at traffic lights with a green right-hand turn arrow and another 9 per cent said they were allowed on freeways.   

The online quiz helps licensed drivers to brush up on their road rule knowledge and others to prepare for the learner theory test.

The majority of the multiple-choice quiz participants (60 per cent) were aged 25 or over.

This year’s results show a majority of people also failed to correctly answer the following questions.

  • When do you have to give way to pedestrians at children’s (Emu) crossing?
  • What must you do when travelling towards an intersection where the traffic lights are flashing yellow?
  • Is a qualified supervisor driver who is instructing a learner driver allowed to have alcohol in their blood?
  • When following a vehicle travelling at 60km/h, what is considered to be the minimum safe following distance in dry road conditions?    

RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain urged drivers to take the quiz to help them become better motorists.

“Road rules change over time and it’s important we keep up to date,’’ he said.

“Rules can also be forgotten, or we can pick up bad habits, so it’s important all road users know what the rules are to avoid potentially causing confusion, traffic congestion, conflict or collisions.’’

More than 300 quiz question are regularly rotated among the 42 published online to avoid repetition.

Participants had a much greater quiz success rate regarding drivers using of a handheld mobile phone – 98 per cent correctly answered it was illegal.

More than 97 per cent also knew that drivers and passengers must always wear a properly fitting seatbelt.

Mr Mountain said obeying the rules was as important as knowing them, given almost 7500 drivers were fined for illegal use of a mobile phone and another 2526 were caught not wearing a seatbelt last year.

“All road users need to take responsibility to reduce road trauma,’’ he said.

Test your road rule knowledge here: https://our.raa.com.au/motor/learners-practice-test/multiple-choice-questions