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Urgent enquiry about Australian road rules

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1. Posted by Michaelwan (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I have New Zealand full license. Are there any difference between two countries' road rules?

Thanks ahead.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 10y

Yes, when you turn left and a car heading from the other direction turns right (so you both want to turn into the same road), in New Zealand the other car has right of way (as he's to the right of you), while in Australia this isn't the case.

  • ponders* I _think_ I got that right. It's been a while.

Also, Melbourne has a weird system of "hook turns" to allow for the tram driving in the middle of the road. (Basically, wherever there's a sign about hook turns, if you want to turn right, you move to the left of the road (so traffic that's going straight passes you on the right), and then at the moment the light changes, you turn (ahead of the cars on the other road).)

3. Posted by moguzhan (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hook turns are usually only in the City centre in certain areas and made when there is a tram on the road.

other than that, you wont be doing any hook turns in the suburbs.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

The main difference in rules occurs in rural areas.

In Australia, if a sheep wanders onto the road in front of your car you tend to dodge the sheep and keep going, whereas in New Zealand they'll pull over and ask the sheep if it wants to go for a drink