Common Misconceptions About WA Road Laws

Whether you’re a driver, passenger, motorcyclist or pedestrian, it is important to know and understand Western Australia’s road rules and regulations. Abiding by these laws help keep you safe from road dangers and aid in reducing road trauma in the state. Being aware of the basics and knowing where you can get road assistance in WA if need be will save you loads of trouble too.

Though many think that they know the rules well, it’s still pretty common that they get some things wrong. To be fair, there are so many regulations that it’s easy to see how people can get confused and break the rules without even realising it. However, breaking the rules, regardless of whether you’re aware of them or not, can result in penalties such as getting demerit points and having to pay a fine costing you hundreds of dollars.

To save you some of this trouble, here are some common misconceptions about road rules that you should pay attention to.

The roundabout rule

Roundabouts are a means to manage traffic flow and improve safety by slowing down the vehicles. There’s this common rule that when approaching a roundabout, you should always give way to your right. However, this rule is no rule at all; in fact, committing this could cost you hundreds of dollars. The actual rule states that you should always give way to any vehicles that are already in the roundabout.  

The right-of-way rule

Giving way to other drivers even when it’s not their turn may seem like a polite thing to do. Well, it is, but it also creates a possibly dangerous situation. When you allow someone to cut your turn when you have the right-of-way, it affects not only you but those behind the turning driver too. This may create confusion that could impede the flow of traffic, and could even lead to accidents. Therefore, the best thing to do when you have the right-of-way is to never give it up. You may seem like a jerk, but at least you’re a rule-abiding jerk.

The 10% speeding rule

There’s this common belief amongst drivers that if they stay within 10% of the speed limit, then they’re safe from getting booked. For instance, when the speed limit is at 60 km/h, you can get away scot-free at 66 km/h.

This is simply not true, and it will get you in trouble with the authorities. If you still insist on following this non-rule, then expect to be booked, fined and charged with the relevant offences. Going over the speed limit can affect road trauma should you, in a worst-case scenario, get into an accident.

Remember that the rules are there for a reason: to keep you safe and make the traffic flow smoother and better. Best to brush up on your road rule knowledge to avoid inconveniences and trouble.

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