Road Rules Test for Dummies

Are you a road-rule idiot? Take this multiple-choice road rules test for dummies and find out


Note: This road rules test is based on road rules for NSW (Australia) – but it's broadly applicable to the rest of Australia too. Should prove very confusing for overseas visitors – especially those from left-hand drive markets (like Europe, America, China, Korea, etc.) If that’s you, just imagine what driving looks like in the mirror…

Scroll to the bottom for the correct answers.

There are 25 questions. Give yourself 4 points for each correct answer for a mark out of 100. If you scored abysmally, you might like to download the Australian Road Rules to refresh yourself on today’s rules. Warning - it's 400-ish pages long, so if you print it out you could probably use it to stop a bullet or foil a knife attack.

The Questions: 

Question 1

When approaching a roundabout you must:

a) Give way to vehicles on your right

b) Give way to vehicles already in the roundabout

Question 2

When approaching a roundabout:

a) You must indicate if turning either left or right

b) Indicating on approach is not required

Question 3

When departing a roundabout:

a) Indicating left at the exit is an optional courtesy to other road users

b) You must always indicate left at the exit, even if travelling straight ahead

c) You must indicate left at the exit unless it is impractical to do so

Question 4

When a police or emergency vehicle is sounding its siren and flashing its lights you must:

a) Move safely to the left and stop

b) Move safely out of its path and give way

Question 5

You are permitted to cross continuous double centre lines:

a) Never

b) When entering or leaving a property

c) To avoid an obstruction

d) Both b) & c)

Question 6

When leaving an empty vehicle to go to a meeting the driver must:

a) Remove the ignition key, wind up the windows and lock the doors

b) Apply the handbrake

c) Both a) & b).

Question 7

When two lanes of traffic merge to a single lane and there are no painted lane markings, which vehicle has right of way?

a) The vehicle ahead

b) The vehicle in the left lane

c) The vehicle in the right lane

Question 8

When two lanes of traffic merge to a single lane and there is a broken line to indicating which lane ends (usually the left lane ends), which vehicle must give way?

a) The vehicle ahead

b) The vehicle behind

c) The vehicle in the lane that continues

d) The vehicle in the lane that ends

Question 9

You are in a built-up area, driving in the left lane. A bus is stopped at the shoulder just ahead. It indicates right, signalling its intention to move off. Who must give way?

a) You

b) The bus driver

c) You if the speed limit is 60km/h or less, otherwise the bus

Question 10

When moving onto the road from a stationary position, you must indicate right to signal your intent. What is the minimum requirement for this procedure?

a) There is no minimum requirement specified

b) Indicate for five flashes

c) Indicate for five seconds

Question 11

When stopping in a rural (non-built-up) area, you must ensure your vehicle is visible to approaching vehicles for a minimum distance of:

a) 50 metres

b) 100 metres

c) There is no minimum requirement beyond selecting a safe and reasonable distance

Question 12

Stopping or parking on a nature strip is permitted:

a) Where stopping on the road would obstruct the flow of traffic

b) Except where the vehicle would obstruct a footpath, shared path or cycleway

c) Only where signposted

Question 13

What is the minimum distance you may park from an intersection without traffic lights, measured from the edge of the road?

a) 5 metres

b) 10 metres

c) 20 metres

Question 14

What is the maximum permissible speed at which a P2 (green P) licence holder may drive?

a) 90km/h

b) 100km/h

c) 110km/h

Question 15

What is the maximum permissible blood-alcohol concentration for a provisional licence holder?

a) Zero

b) 0.02

c) 0.05

Question 16

Are you allowed to stop in a No Parking zone?

a) No

b) Yes – for a maximum of 5 minutes, and you need to stay in the car

c) Yes – for a maximum of two minutes and you need to stay within three metres of the car

Question 17

What does a broken yellow line painted on the side of the road near the kerb indicate?

a) No stopping

b) Clearway

c) Bus lane

d) Transit lane

Question 18

What does a solid yellow line painted on the side of the road near the kerb indicate?

a) No stopping

b) Clearway

c) Bus lane

d) Transit lane

Question 19

Are bicycles allowed to block a lane by riding two abreast?

a) No

b) Yes

Question 20

When at a ‘give way’ sign, who do you need to give way to?

a) Other vehicles only

b) Pedestrians only

c) Both vehicles and pedestrians at the intersection

Question 21

What is the default speed limit in all residential areas?

a) 50km/h

b) 60km/h

c) 100km/h

d) 110km/h

Question 22

When you leave your driveway, do you have to give way to pedestrians?

a) No

b) Yes

Question 23

Is it illegal to talk on your phone if you’re doing it on loudspeaker?

a) No

b) Yes

Question 24

Are you allowed to take your seatbelt off to reverse?

a) No

b) Yes

Question 25

At what age can children first travel in a normal (adult) car seat?

a) Six months

b) Six years

c) Seven years

d) 11 years

The Answers:

1: Answer: b)

2: Answer: a)

3: Answer: c)

4: Answer: b)

5: Answer: d)

6: Answer: c) You must do a) if you move more than three metres from the vehicle

7: Answer: a)

8: Answer: d)

9: Answer: a)

10: Answer: c)

11: Answer: b)

12: Answer: c)

13: Answer: b)

14: Answer: b)

15: Answer: a)

16: Answer: c)

17: Answer: b)

18: Answer: a)

19: Answer: b)

20: Answer: c)

21: Answer: a)

22: Answer: b)

23: Answer: b)

24: Answer: b)

25: Answer: c)