The ultimate road rule quiz
Could you pass the learner's test if you had to sit it now?
It’s been years since most of us got our licence and plenty of road rules have changed since, so could you still pass the learner’s test?
We’ve gathered a few of the most incorrectly answered questions in RAA’s online practice quiz to put you to the challenge. See how many you get right, then read on for the explanation.
When a road has double solid white lines in the centre, are you allowed to cross them to overtake a cyclist if the way forward is clear?
a) Yes, providing the driver has a clear view and the manoeuvre can be completed safely.
c) Yes, only if it is one-way traffic and it can be completed safely.
The answer: Nearly 60 per cent of people got this one wrong. The rule was changed about a year ago when the new cycling laws came into place, hence some of the confusion. The right answer here is ‘a’ – drivers can indeed cross solid white lines – or painted islands – to overtake a cyclist, but only if it’s safe. However, you can’t do so to overtake a car or motorcyclist.
When following another vehicle in a line of traffic travelling at 60km/h, what distance is considered to be the minimum safe following distance for dry road conditions?
a) 8 to 9 car lengths (about 40m).
b) 3 to 4 car lengths (about 20m).
c) 1 car length (about 5m).
The answer: This was the most incorrectly answered question in RAA’s online learner’s test, with nearly 70 per cent of people getting it wrong! The correct answer here is ‘a’, but scarily, the majority of people chose ‘c’ – which would put them at significant risk of a rear-end crash.
How far from an oncoming car would you need to be to safely overtake a 23m B-double heavy truck that’s travelling at 100km/h in a 110km/h speed zone, without exceeding the speed limit?
a) At least 1km.
b) At least 3km.
c) At least 2km.
The answer: Most people don’t realise how much space they need to safely overtake at high speeds. The answer here is ‘c’, but only 45 per cent of respondents got this right. When you consider how fast you’re travelling – and importantly, how fast the cars approaching you on the other side of the road are travelling – it’s critical that you have at least 2km of clear road ahead to overtake legally and to avoid the risk of a head-on crash.
Is a Qualified Supervising Driver who is instructing a learner driver allowed to have alcohol in their blood?
a) Yes, provided they have an alcohol concentration of less than 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres of blood.
b) Yes, only the learner driver is responsible.
c) No, not at any time.
The answer: If you got this one wrong, you’re not alone. In fact, 63 per cent of people failed on this question. You might be surprised to learn that supervising drivers can have alcohol in their blood, as long as they’re not over the legal limit of 0.05. Despite this law, we recommend that you don’t drink at all when supervising a learner behind the wheel.
When do you have to give way to pedestrians at a children’s crossing (‘Emu’ crossing)?
a) At any time of the day or night when children are present.
b) When the ‘CHILDREN CROSSING’ flags or banners are displayed.
c) Only between 8.30am and 9.30am and 3.00pm and 4.00pm during school term.
The answer: Only 41 per cent of people chose the right answer here, which is option ‘b’. When it comes to an Emu crossing, you only have to give way when the red ‘children crossing’ flags are out. These are different to Koala crossings – the ones with flashing lights. At these, you should give way whenever the lights are flashing, or follow instructions from the people holding the ‘slow’ and ‘stop’ signs. But it’s a good idea to always take care and slow down, as some kids may not know or remember the different rules and might walk out onto the road.
Which ONE of the following statements is TRUE?
a) The speed limit in School Zones applies only on school days.
b) The speed limit in School Zones only applies when children in the School Zone are dressed in uniform.
c) You’re allowed to travel faster than the School Zone limit if there is no child in the School Zone.
The answer: You must follow the 25km/h speed limit whenever children are present, regardless of the day or the time; so ‘c’ is correct here. Most people – 48 per cent in fact – incorrectly thought that this limit only applies on school days.
What does this sign mean?
a) Vehicles must not stop at the
kerb for any reason.
b) A vehicle may not stop, except when actually picking up or dropping off people.
c) Pedestrians must not stand on the roadway.
The answer: Quite a few people selected option ‘a’, probably getting it confused with a ‘no stopping’ sign, which restricts motorists from coming to a halt for any reason. The right answer here is actually ‘b’ and just over 47 per cent answered correctly.
If you do stop near this sign, remember, you can’t leave your vehicle unattended or stay longer than two minutes, unless the sign says otherwise.
What’s the minimum distance that you’re allowed to park your vehicle from a marked continuous centre line, or dividing strip?
The answer: Everyone knows you can’t park where there’s a yellow line on the side of the road, but many don’t realise there’s a rule about parallel parking near white lines too. Basically, if the road has a solid white centre line, there must be at least 3m between the outside of your car and the centre line so that there’s enough room for other vehicles to safely pass. If there’s not, you can’t park there. About 63 per cent of people correctly answered ‘b’.
How many did you get right?
Take the full practise test here.