Roundabout road rule sparks fierce debate
A Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland (TMR) test of drivers of Facebook has sparked fierce debate about a simple road rule.
TMR posted this photo of a blue car entering a roundabout. It posed the question: “The blue car wants to travel straight ahead at the roundabout. How should they indicate?”
Picture: Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland/Facebook Source:Facebook
A surprising number didn’t know the answer.
Most (like me) believed the driver didn’t have to indicate at all when driving straight through a roundabout.
Others said you have to indicate both when you enter and exit the roundabout.
One said a driver going straight should indicate right on entry but must also indicate left when leaving the roundabout.
Basically, not many people had it right.
When TMR posted the correct answer.
“Because they’re travelling straight through, the driver of the blue car *doesn’t* need to indicate when they enter the roundabout,” the post read.
“They do though need to flick on the left indicator to exit the roundabout (and off again once they’ve exited).”
TMR said they should think of a roundabout like a clock face.
“Any turn that exits before 12 o’clock can be considered a left turn (so you’d indicate left when you’re entering the roundabout),” the post read.
“Any turn that exits after 12 o’clock can be considered a right turn (so you’d indicate right entering the roundabout).
“Straight ahead at a roundabout can be considered 12 o’clock (so you wouldn’t indicate on entry).”
Many people disagreed with the rule, with some saying it was a “dumb, stupid rule”.
Regardless of opinion, not obeying this rule can lead to big fines.
In NSW you’ll cop a $191 fine and two demerit points. In Victoria it’ll cost you two demerit points and a $165 fine and in Tasmania it’s a $126 fine and two demerit points. Queenslanders cop an $80 fine and loss of two demerit points, while in Western Australia it’s a $100 fine and two points lost; in the ACT it’ll cost you two demerit points and a $292 fine; in the Northern Territory and South Australia it’s two demerit points and a total fine of $393.
Did you know this rule? Is this Australia's dumbest road rule?