Road rules

Written by Kat McLeod

Road Rules

The updated November 2018 edition of Your Keys to Driving in Queensland is now available for immediate download:

An up to date version of the full Transport Operation (Road Use Management- Road Rules) Regulation 2009 itself can always be located at:

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Written by Kat McLeod

Giving way at a T-intersection

Giving way at a T-intersection

If you're driving on a road that ends at a T-intersection, you must give way to all vehicles—except those doing a U-turn—travelling on the road continuing through the intersection.

Giving way at a T-intersection

In this example, Vehicle A (white) must give way to Vehicle B (yellow).

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Written by Alicea Caldwell

Giving way at intersections with 1 stop or give way sign

Giving way at a give way sign to an oncoming vehicle that is not at a stop sign or give way sign

You need to give way if you face a give way sign or a stop sign or if there are stop or give way lines on the road, even if the other driver, who is not facing a stop or give way sign, is turning right across your path.

Two cars giving way at an intersetion with a give way and stop sign

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Written by Kat McLeod

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An intersection is where 2 or more roads meet, and includes where a slip lane meets a road.

A T-intersection is where 2 roads meet (whether or not at right angles) and one of the roads ends.

Giving way at intersections with 2 stop signs or give way signs

Giving way when there is a stop sign and a give way sign.

A stop sign is not more powerful than a give way sign when giving way. When 2 drivers arrive at stop or give ways signs at the same time, the stop sign becomes the equivalent of a give way sign. Both vehicles must give way to other vehicles before they must give way to each other.

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Written by Kat McLeod

  Giving way  

Give way means to slow down and, if necessary, stop in order to prevent a crash from happening.

You must always give way at a give way sign and check it's safe to continue. Give way signs are placed at intersections and other places where other vehicles have priority.

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Tips for MUM and DAD

Written by Kat McLeod

Driving with new learners can be scary stuff!

Taking a learner out for their very first drive isn't always easy. Luckily there are a few tips out there to make it that little bit easier! A few things to remember when driving with a newbie:


  • Go through the car controls with us before we get moving, if I don't know where it is I cant use it properly
  • Do our first few drives in a quite area. There's too much stress if there is too much happening.
  • Observation: teach us too look around and be aware of things, we aren't the only cars on the road! MIRRORS ARE OUR FRIENDS!

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Changing Lanes and Merging

Written by Kat McLeod

Changing lanes

When you change lanes, you must give way to any vehicle in the lane you are moving into. This rule applies even if your lane is ending and you have to cross a lane line.

Don’t take risks when changing lanes. Before you change lanes, you must indicate for long enough to give warning to other road users

You must turn off your indicator after you have changed lanes or merged.


There are 2 different give way rules for merging.

Merging on roads that have lane markings

1. On roads where there are lanes marked on the road—if your lane comes to an end, you must give way to traffic already in the lane you are moving to. In this example, Vehicle A (white) must give way to Vehicle B (yellow).

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Guide to practical driving test

Written by Ross Mcleod

Below is a link to the Guide to practical driving test


After the practical driving test

Your driving examiner will discuss the results of your test at the testing centre at the end of your test.

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Blind spots

Written by Ross Mcleod

A blind spot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls, under existing circumstances. Blind spots exist in a wide range of vehicles: aircraft, cars, motorboats, sailboats, and trucks. Other types of transport have no blind spots at all, such as bicycles, horses, and motorcycles. Proper adjustment of mirrors and use of other technical solutions can eliminate or alleviate vehicle blind spots.

In transport, driver visibility is the maximum distance at which the driver of a vehicle can see and identify prominent objects around the vehicle.Visibility is primarily determined by weather conditions (see visibility) and by a vehicle's design.The parts of a vehicle that influence visibility include the windshield, the dashboard and the pillars. Good driver visibility is essential to safe road traffic.

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How to Get your Learner Licence in Queensland

Written by Ross Mcleod

Here in Queensland, you can learn to drive once you’ve turned 16. Happy Birthday, and let’s get started!

What is the Learner Licence?

If you’re 16 or older, you can apply for a Learner Licence to drive a car. Once you have it, you can learn to drive a car only under supervision. Your supervisor must have a current, valid open licence which they’ve held for at least one year. A supervisor can be a parent, a friend of the family, or even a driving school, like Cairns Car School. You must acquire 100 hours of driving within 12 months. These hours must be recorded in your Learner Logbook, and must include 10 hours of night driving in order to progress to your Provisional 1 licence. If you choose to learn from a Queensland-accredited driving school, 10 hours will equal 30 hours on your logbook. Cairns Car School also offers night lessons, so you can easily acquire those night driving hours!

Many learners, and their parents, prefer to use a driving school for their solid coverage of the foundation habits for driving. Here at Cairns Car School, we focus on providing great foundational training in a light, fun environment. We want you to be as comfortable as possible so all that great knowledge will sink in and stay with you for life!

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