Weird Victorian Road Rules that you might not know – Part 2
There are a lot of road rules to understand and obey when driving on public roads. A large amount of them apply to every day driving and are practiced regularly by everyone, but there are also many which are not used often which means they can be easily forgotten.
It is important to remember some of the more obscure road laws to avoid landing yourself in hot water with the police and risk being fined and/or having your driving licence suspended if the incident leads to a significant problem. Even as a learner driver you can have your learner permit suspended if you drive carelessly.
Here is Part II of our list of these interesting but important road rules.
Flashing your headlights and tooting your horn
Be careful the next time you want to warn other drivers about the presence of a speed camera car or toot your horn for a reason other than to warn another driver about a potential collision or to scare off an animal from the road.
Flashing your lights and blowing your horn can cause an unsafe distraction to other drivers and can lead to a fine.
Leaving windows open with parked
Leaving your windows open when you park your car and leave it unattended encourages theft from cars. It can also lead to having your car stolen. For this reason, it is against the law to leave your window open any more than 2 cm when the vehicle is parked and left unattended.
Police do enforce this rule because leaving the windows open encourages more crime to take place.
The 3-second rule at stop signs
Have you ever tried sitting and counting out three whole seconds? It seemed even longer when sitting in a car and having to come to a stop first. And even longer if you have cars waiting behind you. Chances are someone will beep behind you because it is hard to pause for three seconds in today’s busy world.
However, this is the Victorian road law when approaching a stop sign. You must come to a stop for three seconds before crossing the line. If the police spot you not obeying this road law you may end up paying the fine.
Level crossings – wait for lights
We don’t like waiting for red lights and it seems even longer when it’s the red flashing lights of a level train crossing. We’re pretty eager to move on when the lights go green, but level crossings don’t have green lights.
The flashing red lights simply go black at a level crossings and this is the signal to move through the crossing. But what about the boom gate? The boom gate always starts rising before the red lights go out.
It is tempting to start through once the boom gate is high enough to go but this is against the law. Always wait for the red lights to stop before moving, otherwise you will be fined if caught by the law.
Slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency service vehicles
Drivers must safely reduce their speed to 40 km/h when approaching to pass a stationary or slow-moving emergency service vehicles (eg. police, ambulance, fire engine, SES and VicRoads vehicles) when flashing lights are shown and/or there are sirens.
For oncoming vehicles, it is only to be obeyed when there is no median strip present.
The rule is in place to increase the safety for emergency workers and other vehicles and people involved in an incident.