Most of us know the basics when it comes to road rules, don’t speed, stop at a red light, give way where indicated too and always move out of the way of an emergency vehicle.
Although there’s some road rules that fly under our radar that we might not even know we’re breaking.
Sleeping in a vehicle whilst under the influence, even if the car is off can land you a hefty fine. Being in the driver’s seat of a car is classed as controlling the car, so if you think you’ve had too much to drink your safest bet is to organise alternative transport.
Flashing others to warn of a speed camera. This is a true-blue Aussie trait when driving, to be courteous and let others know there’s a speed camera coming up, however flashing your high beams at an oncoming car is an offence, as it could affect the oncoming driver’s ability to control their car.
Distracting yourself from the road, this one is an obvious one, we know not to text or use our phones whilst driving but eating and drinking can actually cause to get you in trouble as well, as you’re dividing your full attention from the road to other activities.
Leaning out of your car, if you’re driving or even if you’re a passenger and you place any part of your body outside of the window, such as your arm on the windowsill or your hand in the air, be aware this could land you a fine. The only exception to this is if you are the driver and you are giving a hand signal for driving purposes.
Having an animal on your lap is also a big no, this one is for the safety of both you and your furry friend. If you have an unrestrained animal within your car you might be in trouble, these charges increase should your pet be in the drivers’ seat.
Legally, you can only use your car horn to warn others of something they may need to know, so tooting to say hello or goodbye might also result in punishment.
Whilst some of these laws may seem silly, there are endless road rules that differ throughout each state, so be sure to refresh your knowledge on the laws of the road.